Guest Beer - Wildflower - St Thomas 2019
A beer shipped in especially for GP + Friends 2020, as a part of the Road to Beervana celebrations.
Wildflower, based in New South Wales, are primarily focused on fermenting beers with a diverse culture of brewers yeast, wild yeasts and bacteria. Known in the brewing industry as mixed fermentation, they have developed a house culture with yeasts foraged from New South Wales that they experiment with and learn from on a daily basis. Due to their commitment to these types of fermentations, their beer-making process is greatly altered in order to allow these wild yeasts to express themselves in a positive way. Foremost among these practices is the blending of new and old barrel aged beer in order to highlight the complexity in flavour these wild yeasts naturally create.
St Thomas is an Australian Wild Ale refermented with cherries. While the beer is named for Chris and his wife's first son, the Saint Thomas Aquinas was an immensely influential 13th century philosopher and theologian. In 2019, it was made from amber mixed fermentation, barrel aged beer and 1000kg of tree ripened, whole fresh Morello sour cherries from Thornbrook Orchard in Orange, NSW.6.7%.