Wild Beer Co Evolver

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Wild Beer just seems unable to make a boring beer. It’s just not in its DNA. Take Evolver IPA for example. Whereas most IPAs are an exercise in hops, Wild Beer have started this beer from the perspective of the yeast. It’s fermented with 100% Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that adds a complex funkiness to the beer that also develops over time. Get this brewery fresh and you’d mistake for a regular IPA, three or six months in and the culture takes hold and goes wildly off piste. This is a thrilling beer but, as ever, very easy to drink.

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There is no other brewery in the world making beers like the Wild Beer Company. In fact, there are very few breweries that even look like Wild Beer Company. Most are a study in stainless steel, but walking into Wild Beer’s home on a remote Somerset farm, it’s wood that dominates the scene. Dozens of barrels are stacked floor to ceiling, each with its contents scribbled on the side: Modus, Ninkasi, Sourdough (yes, a beer using sourdough yeast). Not all the beers Wild Beer make will touch the inside of a barrel, but what is clear is that they all live up to their tagline: Drink WILDLY Different.

Take Millionaire for example, a chocolate and salted caramel milk stout that is every bit as decadent as it sounds. Or how about Wild Goose Chase? A tart, sprightly beer fermented using locally-harvested wild yeast and gooseberries? Or perhaps one of our favourite beers (ever?), Sleeping Lemons, a gose (a low-ish alcohol, slightly salty German beer) brewed with lemons preserved in salt – can there be anything more refreshing? Wild Beer is indeed wildly different. And while it can be tempting to take the innovation too far, head brewer Brett Ellis remains true to the aim of making all their beers very drinkable. That’s true whether it’s Zintuki, a quirky sour ale blended from Somerset Wild, their beer fermented using yeast cultivated from a nearby orchard, along with an ale fermented with champagne yeast and some local apple juice, or the more conventional ‘Fresh’ pale ale. Wild Beer pack more flavour in to their beers than many breweries can dream of.

As Brett writes: “We love sour beers, their unrivalled complexity and nuances make them both the most exciting and engaging styles of beer to brew and to drink. The romance and the art of brewing come through in a very different way when using the extraordinary uncontrollable wild yeasts and bacteria.

“There's wild yeast and bacteria everywhere, especially here in Somerset with so many orchards nearby. When you make a happy home for them in your brewery they just show up and spontaneously ferment – and sour – a beer.”


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To keep or drink - that is the question
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I have had this beer fresh and when it is about a year old and the flavours definitely change. Both were lovely. Buy some, drink one and keep the rest and enjoy the transformatiin
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Straw colour, hazy, some carbonation
No head whatsoever
Grapefruit, lemon, pine, orange and herbal aroma
Medium slick, foamy mouthfeel with little carbonation
Grapefruit, malty, caramel and slightly hoppy flavour
Slightly bitter grapefruit and hoppy aftertaste, doesn't linger, no carbonation
Not bad
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Ok drink, maybe I should have left it longer to ferment more for a different taste so might try it again for this reason only
Luckily I have another!
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I hadn't read the 6+ month recommendation so drank my first bottle after only 2-3 months and was rewarded with a nice but pretty straightforward pale ale. Luckily I received another in a beer subscription box so that one has been cellared to develop the funk!!
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