July 2, 2015

Real, Wild & Woody: 5 Things You May Not Know



1
. What’s with the name? Real ales are top-fermented beers that complete secondary fermentation in the container from which they’re served — also known as cask-conditioned ales. Wild ales are beers that are introduced to “wild” yeast or bacteria such as Brettanomyces, Pediococcus or Lactobacillus, producing funky, tart qualities. Woody refers to beers that are aged in wood barrels (bourbon, wine, rum, to name a few) for an extended period of time. All beers served at the festival must meet the above criteria.

2. This year’s festival is moving to the air-conditioned comfort of the South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center on July 18 from 2-6 p.m. (you can even line up early indoors starting at 1 p.m.) Now, you probably knew that, but I bet you didn’t know that the Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild had to buy out the contract of Aramark, who provides food services to the Phoenix Convention Center, in order to bring in complimentary bites from beer-centric places like Pig & Pickle, The Perch, SanTan Brewing and Brat Haus. If that isn’t dedication to Arizona craft beer lovers, then I don’t know what is.

3. Rob Fullmer, executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewer’s Guild, has big plans for Real, Wild & Woody. Bringing it to downtown Phoenix is a big win for Arizona beer, but that’s just the beginning. Rob first envisions having educational seminars in and around the festival, then continually building the beer momentum in downtown Phoenix to a point where the popular Craft Brewers Conference would finally find its way to the Valley of the Sun. What a feat, and treat, that would be. 

4. It takes a village to run Real, Wild & Woody. Fullmer, Landon Evans’ HDE Agency, Tiffany Shultz’s Levitate Agency and numerous volunteers, including local ASHoles from the Arizona Society of Homebrewers, all play integral roles — from PR blasts to on-site setup and tear-down to pouring at the festival. Be sure to bow down and thank these folks should you run into them.

5. Last but certainly not least, the breweries in attendance as well as a partial list of what they’ll be bringing. I’ll do my best to update the list as soon as I know more, so check back often.  

8-Bit Brewery 
Black Mage Stout (cask ale with coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla)
White Mage Wit (cask ale with honey and lemongrass)
Legend of Zymur Double IPA (cask ale with Belma hops and ruby red grapefruit)

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company 
Woolsey The Wild (barrel-aged sour wit)
American Presidential Stout (barrel-aged version)

Barrio Brewing Company 
Vintage NCAAle (barrel-aged strong ale – 10% ABV)
Mocha Java Stout (cask ale – 6% ABV)
Barrio Blanco (white IPA - cask ale – 6.5% ABV)

Big Sky Brewing Co. 
Ivan the Terrible (barrel-aged imperial stout)
Olde Bluehair (barrel-aged English-style barleywine – 12% ABV)

Black Hole Beer Company 
Spacegasm Gnarley Wine: Whiskey Edition (barrel-aged barleywine – 11% ABV)
Good Riddance: Whiskey Edition (barrel-aged Russian imperial stout – 10.5% ABV)
Comet IPA: Spanish Cedar Edition (barrel-aged American IPA – 7.7% ABV)

Black Market Brewing Co. 
Tradecraft Cherry Sour (sour berliner weisse – 3.8% ABV)
Tradecraft Blackberry Sour (sour berliner weisse – 3.8% ABV) 

Blasted Barley Beer Company 
Rojo Loco (barrel-aged Mexican-style amber lager – 8% ABV)
Big Farma (wild ale/saison – 4.8% ABV)

Borderlands Brewing Company
Betty's Beard (wild ale/sour stout – 6.7% ABV)
Citrana Wild Ale (6.5% ABV)
Krampaus Claus (barrel-aged imperial Oktoberfest – 9% ABV)

Cartel Brewery 
Bier de Cruz (barrel-aged bier de garde – 8% ABV)
Mango F.Y.I.T.M. (cask ale/imperial IPA – 10% ABV)
Birch DPA (barrel-aged pale ale – 6.5% ABV)

College Street Brewhouse & Pub 
The Luchador (barrel-aged IPA – 8% ABV)
Tart & Tickle (wild ale/Belgian-style brown sour – 6.1% ABV)
You're Firkin Mad (cask ale/real ale IPA – 7.5% ABV)

Desert Eagle Brewing 
Wild Golden Sour (barrel-aged sour – 5.4% ABV)
Imperial Adler (barrel-aged IPA – 10.4% ABV)

Destihl Brewery 
Lynnbrook (sour berliner weisse – 3% ABV)
Saint Dekerrea Reserve le Diplomat (barrel-aged American sour – 7.3% ABV)
Clarice (barrel-aged Belgian-style dark ale in an oak cognac foudre –10% ABV)

Dogfish Head
Burton Baton (oak-aged imperial IPA –10% ABV)
Palo Santo Marron (oak-aged brown ale –12% ABV)

Dragoon Brewing Co. 
BA Saison Blue (barrel-aged wild ale/southwest saison – 7.1% ABV)
The Tres (bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout – 9.2% ABV)
Stronghold Session Ale (cask ale/American mild – 4.8% ABV)

Dubina Brewing Co. 
Hibiscus Saison (wild ale/saison)

Edge Brewing Company 
Quadricorn (barrel-aged Belgian-style quad – 12% ABV)
Apple Cider (barrel-aged cider – 9% ABV)
Blackwater (barrel-aged Russian imperial stout – 11% ABV)

Fate Brewing Co
Mexican Hot Chocolate Sizzurp (barrel-aged imperial stout – 12% ABV / collab with Huss Brewing) 
Single Hop Sour
Sour Stout (barrel-aged wild stout)

Founders Brewing Co. 
BLiS Blast All Day IPA (barrel-aged session IPA – 4.7% ABV)
Curmudgeon Old Ale (oak-aged English-style old ale with molasses – 9.8% ABV)

Four Peaks Brewing Company 
2012 Hopsquatch (barleywine aged in Four Roses barrels)
2013 Sirius Black (Russian imperial stout aged in Four Roses barrels)
Two TBD firkins
Belgian Red cask

Goldwater Brewing Co
TBD

Goose Island Beer Company 
2014 Bourbon County Stout (barrel-aged imperial stout – 14% ABV)
Bourbon County Barleywine (barrel-aged English-style barleywine – 12% ABV)
Sofie (barrel-aged saison – 6.5% ABV)
Matilda (Belgian-style strong golden ale

Grand Canyon Brewing Company 
War Like Mercury (Bier de Mars)
Berl(in)esque (sour berliner weisse)
Oaked Sunset Amber (cask)
Chai Sunset Amber (cask) 

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery 
Hammerhead (barrel-aged barleywine – 13.9% ABV)
Essence (cask double IPA - 8.5% ABV)

Historic Brewing Company 
Baby Got Brett (barrel-aged Brettanomyces brown ale – 5.6% ABV)
Sour Side of the Tracks (wild ale/American sour ale – 4.5% ABV)
Judge Judy (barrel-aged brown with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus – 7% ABV)
Downtown Funk (barrel-aged wild/Flanders-style red ale – 7% ABV)    

Huss Brewing 
Magic in the Whiskers (bourbon barrel-aged pale ale)
Southern Hussy (bourbon barrel-aged peach ale – 5.5% ABV)
Bourbon Rio (bourbon barrel-aged Schwartz beer)

Lumberyard Brewing Co. 
Sombre Bois Imperial Stout (barrel-aged Russian imperial stout – 10% ABV)
Sauvage Maison (wild Belgian-style specialty ale – 5.4% ABV)

Mike Hess Brewing 
TBD

Mother Bunch Brewing 
TBD

Mother Road Brewing Company 
Habanero Highway (Lost Highway cask with habanero peppers)
This Cask Costs More Than Your Car (cask loaded with Citra and Simcoe hops)
Sour Racer (Whiskey barrel-aged Painted Racer ESB with Brettanomyces)

Mudshark Brewery 
2015 Scotch Ale (barrel-aged Scotch ale – 9.2% ABV)
Abominable (barrel-aged stout – 9.6% ABV)
Shark Funk (wild ale/brown sour – 3.9% ABV)
Belgian Quad (barrel-aged quad – 10% ABV)

New Belgium Brewing
Love Apple Felix (apple whiskey barrel-aged wild ale – 7.5%)
Wild Wild Dubbel (wild ale –7%)

Nimbus 
Imperial IPA (wild hoppy ale – 8%)
Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout (10%)   

North Mountain Brewing 
Tiempo De La Saison (barrel-aged saison)
Barrel-Aged Octomalt
N'erotic (barrel-aged Belgian-style strong – 10.2% ABV)

OHSO Brewery 
Praying Monk (barrel-aged Belgian-style quad – 11.3% ABV)
Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout (8.7% ABV)
ESB (cask ale – 5.6% ABV)
Peachy Berliner (wild Berliner weisse/sour ale – 3.8% ABV)

Papago Brewery 
Otis (barrel-aged milk stout – 5% ABV)
Hopago (barrel-aged IPA – 6.5% ABV)

Peoria Artisan Brewery 
Daddy Angus (barrel-aged barleywine – 10.5% ABV)
Wild Park (wild ale/farmhouse ale – 5.5% ABV)

The Perch Brewery
Rule All The Things (barrel-aged imperial stout – 9.7% ABV)
Desert Blossom (cask saison – 4.2%)  

Phoenix Ale Brewery 
Jolene (cask ale/blonde – 5.5% ABV)
SeƱor Valdez (cask ale/porter – 7% ABV)

Prescott Brewing Company 
Raven Maniac (imperial stout aged on medium toast oak chips)
Defiance (imperial red ale aged on Cabernet Sauvignon-soaked oak chips – 10.1% ABV)
Hoppin' Cherry (cask imperial brown ale with sweet cherries, aged on White Chocolate Port oak chips – 7.8% ABV)
Ponderosa IPA (cask American IPA double dry-hopped with Centennial hops)

Saddle Mountain Brewing Company 
Taildragger Chasing Tail (barrel-aged American amber – 6.2% ABV)

SanTan Brewing 
Oaked Pipoul Wit (barrel-aged wit – 6.3% ABV)
TeqiloHOP (barrel-aged imperial IPA – 9% ABV)
Night of the Living Red (barrel-aged imperial red – 8% ABV)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 
Porter (cask – 5.6% ABV)
Torpedo (cask dry-hopped with TBD hops – 7.2% ABV)
Ovila (dubbel aged in bourbon and red wine barrels – 8.5% ABV)  

Sleepy Dog Brewery 
B.A.D. Dog Pilsner (barrel-aged dark pilsner – 5% ABV)
Bow Wow (wild ale/Berliner weisse – 3.8% ABV)

Sonoran Brewing Company 
PB&J Raspberry Ale (raspberry ale with peanut butter - 5.5% ABV)
Dry-hopped Pink Peppercorn & Fennel Saison (saison - 6.2% ABV)

Stone Brewing Co. 
Arrogant Bastard Ale (bourbon barrel-aged American Strong Ale – 7.9% ABV)
Barrel-aged brown ale with Montgomery sour cherries (8.1% ABV)

Sun Up Brewing Co. 
Trooper IPA (cask ale/American IPA – 6% ABV)
White Russian (barrel-aged imperial coffee stout – 9.5% ABV)

THAT Brewery 
AZ Trail Ale (Cask ESB – 6% ABV)
Lucha Libre (cask coffee blonde ale – 3.2% ABV)

The Beer Research Institute 
Street Cred (barrel-aged American dark ale – 8% ABV)
Vanilla Porter (barrel-aged robust porter – 6.5% ABV)

The Perch Brewery 
Rule All the Things (barrel-aged imperial stout – 9.7% ABV)
Desert Blossom (cask ale/saison – 4.2% ABV)

Thunder Canyon Brewery 
Peacemaker (barrel-aged imperial porter – 9% ABV)
Dry River (barrel-aged European-style pilsner – 4.8% ABV)
Double Diablo (barrel-aged American strong ale – 7.2% ABV)
Pre-Prohibition Lager (cask – 5.5% ABV)
Diamondplate (cask IPA – 6.3% ABV)

Two Brothers Brewing Co. 
Tangent (wild ale – 5.5% ABV)
Midwestern Death Metal (barrel-aged imperial stout – 9.95% ABV)

Uncle Bear's Brewing Company 
TBD

Victory Brewing Company 
Helios Ale (wild ale – 7.5% ABV)

Vermont Hard Cider Company
Woodchuck Barrel Select (barrel-aged cider – 6.9% ABV)
Wyders Repo (barrel-aged cider – 6.9% ABV)
Hopsy Turvy (unfiltered wild cider – 6.9% ABV)  
  
Wanderlust Brewing Company 
928 Local Farmhouse Ale (wild ale)
Coconino Common cask aged on sweet orange peels

Wren House Brewing
Westward IPA on cask