Vive la France
E9 Brewing Company
A Note on This Beer
With a win last year at the Washington Beer Awards as the best Mid-size brewery, Engine House shows they are one of the state’s best barrel-aged Wild Ale makers with releases like ‘Vive La France’ and ‘Redamancy.’ Each one of their farmhouse releases involves careful process of yeast selection, barrel aging, blending, and dry hopping.
In ‘Redamancy’ they dry hop with Perle and Hallertau noble Hops, cultivating layers of glacier herbalness and uplifting ozone notes. Woody coumarin-laced pine sap trickles over dusty meyer lemon peels. 6 months of cellaring has allowed some of the peppery funk of wild yeast to emerge, but still gives us a bright splash of resin to enjoy.
In ‘Vive La France’ they use French Red Wine Barrels for part of the aging. Vanilla oak twists skyward jettisoned on the back of tangy currants and juicy pinot gris grapes. 2 years of aging has brought the wild Brett yeast into full fruiting form. Tangy lemon pippin apple notes swagger with full juiciness over a body that’s lush like peach nectar. It closes with an upturn of gentle fizz.
Each of these brews gives us a snapshot of how Engine House’s intricate beers can develop over time. They can be additionally cellared and appreciated like a fine wine, but taken immediately together they can make a riotous night of depth and elegant contrast.
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