Beery Christmas Day 21: Amager & Crooked Stave Chad, King of the Wild Yeasts
Amager and Crooked Stave – The not-so-mad scientists of Craft Beer
One of Denmark’s foremost Craft Breweries, and another doyen of the RateBeer Top 100 club for many years running, Amager is the life’s work of two college buddies whose knowledge of biochemical processes – namely fermentation – proved invaluable after they graduated.
In 2011, having outgrown their original premises, the pair moved to a new custom-built brewery right under the flightpath of Copenhagen airport. This might have something to do with their international outlook, collaborating with renowned Craft Breweries from all over the world.
And to create today's beer - one of their flagship brews - Amager worked with Crooked Stave from Denver, Colorado. Another one of RateBeer’s Top-rated breweries, Crooked Stave is the brainchild of another awesome brewer and all-round science-whizz Chad Yacobson. With an MSc in microbiology, what he doesn’t know about fermentation ain’t worth knowing! So the long-running collaboration with Amager is a match made in heaven!
All hail the ale! Chad: King of the Wild Yeasts
Ok it's the shortest day of the year, so we've got an indulgent little treat to brighten up your day! Now that you’re an expert in Saisons, and dry Pale Ales brewed with Champagne yeast, you’ve experienced sharp Berliner Weiss and woody Sour Cherry Kriek... Well, if you liked them, then you'll love Chad, King of The Wild Yeasts by Amager Bryghus. This animated Wild Ale has a dry wild yeast flavour offset by lively fruity hops and enough barnyardy wildness to satisfy fans of lactic fermentation. To achieve this sublime Wild fermentation, the brewers used Crooked Staves secret ingredient - CMY yeast - a triple-header of 3 Brettanomyces strains know only to Crooked Stave founder Chad Michael Yacobson - CMY, get it?
Chad, King of the Wild Yeasts – your Majesty! – is a light Sour Ale with ripe fruit scents and a tangy nose that evokes fermented grass down on the farm.
On the tongue, the tickly carbonation is firm yet gentle, bringing out the citrusy, zesty hops flavours mixed with lively lactic yeast. Further back on the tongue, Chad gets expressive, full of dry, funky, barnyardy wild brett yeast, to give a perfectly pucker-inducing sharpness and a long, dry dusty cellar finish.
Farmhouse Ale – Saison’s country cousin
Closely related to Saisons, Farmhouse Ales are a rustic style that hark back to the days when farm workers were paid in food, a bed for the night and as much beer as they could drink.
Today’s Farmhouse Ales take the wild funky edge of a classic Saison and add a modern hops profile, often using American varietals like Citra, Amarillo and Mosaic to add an extra dimension.
Tellin' stories with Craft Beer
Amager are born storytellers, and the brewery manager, an ex-journalist gives each of their beers a back-story – check out Hr Frederiksen or Todd the Axe Man - and with their distinctly Scandinavian sense of humour, each brew has a character all its own!