For the astute Wunderkammer fan, you may have noticed that there was no new release this month. I took this opportunity to do some traveling and work on some other projects before the snow flies, as they say. Below you'll find a brief rundown of my trip, upcoming releases and finally a project that you won't want to miss.
On the adventures front, I took a crazy week-long trip to Asheville and back. I spent a great evening with friends in Philadelphia, and got a chance to dive into the world of Fermentery Form, where Ethan is making some of my favorite mixed culture beers in the area. His philosophy and resulting beers are profound in their depth and execution. Next, I dropped off kegs for Snallygaster, which looked like an awesome festival that I should attend next time. Then I spent a nice evening with my friends at Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery in Virginia. John is a fierce advocate for local and passionate about the grain he grows. I don't know if I've met a stronger evangelist for local barley. We had a wonderful opportunity to share the newly renovated upstairs of the 'corn crib' brewery building with members of their beer community and share the story and efforts of my brewing project. Finally, I headed to Asheville, NC, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, to participate in Burnpile; the annual beer festival from Burial Beer. It had been a long time since I had been to a beer festival. Living in northern Vermont, this sort of thing is less available in general than it was when I was brewing in Portland, OR. It was awesome to connect with old friends and make some new ones. The youthful energy and robust culture of Asheville was electric and we spent a few great nights soaking it in.
To finish out the year, at this point, I expect to release two beers each in November and December. Two of the beers will be from the figure series, i.e., non-foraged mixed culture beers and the other two will be 'field beers'; made with veggies, in this case, carrots, squash and rhubarb.
Finally, I am looking to launch a bottle club next year with the working title of 'Wunderkammer Historical Society' as my first foray into the retail experience. This will be your only current opportunity to buy direct from the brewery, access smaller run beers, and comes with my first merchandise, exclusive glasses, t-shirt, that sort of thing. I am not really set up for receiving the public, so this is me dipping my toe in to test it out. I plan to make details and sign up available in December. It should be a lot of fun and perfect for those who don't want to miss a release and want to dive deeper into the cabinet.
Photos: (top row) Fermentery Form, Philadelphia PA; Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery, Waterford VA — (bottom row) Skyline of Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville NC; Citizen Vinyl, Asheville NC.