Our favorite time of year is here. That’s right. We LOVE Halloween here at the brewery. We have an excuse to dress up and have even more fun than we do on a daily basis. Things tend to get a little Frieky. Maybe it’s because we’re all drinking Friek, or maybe it’s because we’re all a little weird in our own ways.
Friek is in its 5th year of production. We first released this beer in 2010 and have been brewing it, aging it, and bottling it each year since its launch. Friek is a little funky (a quality we all admire). The name Friek comes from the traditional styles of Lambic Frambois and Kriek, both inspirations behind this unique beer. Many Kriek/Lambic style ales are fermented with wild yeast and tart cherries then aged in oak barrels to sour and take on the cherry flavor. Our version is no different. We use a process called Solera. We reuse the previous barrels to continue blending flavors from year to year. After aging for 9-12 months, we immediately add fresh framboises (raspberries) to the beer before the final blending giving us the sweet and tart beer we wait all year for!
And now… It’s time to bust out your favorite Halloween costumes (or search Pinterest for one to make). On Friday, October 30 we’re releasing Friek 2015 in our tap room! We’ll be partying all day, in costume of course. The best in costume has a chance to win an IPA longboard. Do you have what it takes? After a pint or two of Friek you’ll be ready. We’ll see YOU on Friday.