Wild Beer Co Schnoodlepip

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Style
Sour Beer
Country
Britain
Brewery
ABV
6.50%
Bottle Size
750ml
Serving Temp
8 to 10°C
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Details

Wild Beer doesn’t make normal beers. Take the wonderfully-named Schnoodlepip. Now an annual beer, it was originally a collaboration between three brewers from three countries: Kelly Ryan from Good George Beer in New Zealand, Mark Tranter from the amazing Burning Sky Brewery and Wild Beer’s own Brett Ellis. The idea was to push the boundaries of what a beer can do. The result? A pink peppercorn saison, barrel aged in red wine barrels then blended on top of fresh passionfruit and hibiscus… of course. This is a fantastically complex beer, tart, almost pink in colour, but earthed by the barrel ageing. A celebration beer.

Brewery Info

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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Disappointing
60%
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The write up for this beer had me expecting a lot of complexity, but it was too subtle. Nice beer, but I didn't get much of the complexity promised
Nice to share
100%
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A really unique beer, shared this as a big bottle and it felt like a really special brew.
Good Beer
100%
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Good beer
Not happening
20%
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This time the experiment didn't work imo... Respect for the potential artistry but not focused enough to be a sour as a result of the complex range of bass notes synergised from the red wine barrelling I suspect...
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