Townsite Brewing in Powell River has released the second in its Bois Sauvage series of wild ales.
French for “Wild Wood,” the Bois Sauvage series features beers fermented and aged in the Townsite barrel room. Rather than purposefully inoculating it with known yeast strains, they expose the beer to the wild yeast strains that make their home in their barrel room.
This follow-up to last December’s Bois Sauvage: Wild Ale #1 is called Bois Sauvage: Assemblage #1, and is a blend of the original Wild Ale #1 and their 7800 Sour Saison. Blending is a very common with Belgian wild ales, but not many breweries here practice the technique. Here’s what they had to say:
Our team’s barrel aging efforts have turned towards blending. The solera process, as it is known, allows for a mixture of vintages to come together in one beautiful mélange. For this, our first blend, several barrels were chosen for their tartness and fruity qualities and the result is a mineral, dry, effervescent wild ale.
Bois Sauvage: Assemblage #1 is available now at the Townsite tasting room, and will soon be shipping to select private liquor stores in Vancouver.