Our fifth release, Wilderness, is a beer that brings together three of our passions - hops, oak, and wild fermentation. It's what we're calling a 'wild' IPA.
The combination of barrel-ageing and wild yeast has brought out an earthy, grapefruit character perfectly matched to the citrussy hops.
Over three months ago, we filled a French oak barrel (ex-pinot noir) with our Deciduous IPA and allowed it to mellow and transform under the influence of a wild yeast culture.
This indigenous yeast was (literally) cultured out of thin air on a frosty Launceston morning. After a couple of generations, we found it tended to contribute a peppery spice and earthy citrus character.
We are excited to be able to brew with such a unique ingredient, and proud that it gives this beer such a distinct sense of place.
You can expect to see this yeast culture in some future Ocho brews.
Also (plot twist): the barrel was previously used for Fruit Punch, which explains the subtle hint of grape you might detect in this beer.
Classic Box (8 x 330mL),
High Five (40 x 330mL) - TAS/VIC + SYD/ADL metro only.