A Representation of Wild Things (Pro Pig)
Common Roots Brewing Company
A Note on This Beer
A Representation of Wild Things’ basil-infused spontaneous Sour Ale gives us a rare taste of two buzzworthy Northeast brewers: Prohibition Pig, the brewery that took over the original, famed Alchemist brewpub location in Waterbury, Vermont; and Common Roots, a specialist that’s been brewing wild-captured Sours in the foothills of the Adirondacks in New York from the moment they opened 3 years ago.
Prohibition Pig is nationally recognized as one of the best places to get a beer and Common Roots is the winner of a Governor’s grant award; each of these brewers is a respected destination brewery for hundreds of miles around. However, you won’t find them in bottleshops outside their home states except in this finely-tuned herb-infused Sour!
Zesty aromas of meyer lemon juice sting the air as soon as you pour it, with whispers of sweet basil swirling in the background. On the tongue the delicate wild-captured cultures from the hills of New York give it white balsamic acidity paired with the minty, fennel like character of purple Opal Basil. New York grown triticale grain gives a nutty touch of farmhouse rusticity.
The only other spontaneously fermented beer we’ve ever seen with basil is the Spontanbasil collab from Mikkeller and Lindemans. A Representation of Wild Things is a more limited small batch boutique beer by comparison, one that only Sour Ale insiders will ever get to taste.
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