The very act of brewing brings people together, cementing friendships and securing the ties that moor us to these ever changing shores.
Over a year ago, on leap day, Glenn Alvinne Castelein and I brewed a beer together at Tall Poppy Brewing. February 29th of 2020, if you remember correctly, proved to be one of our last days of uncontained pre-covid freedom, and for the past year and more, we've been pining for a return to normalcy. We're not there yet, and in hindsight, the name proved cynically fitting.
What was conceived as a spiced dark saison eventually decided to become a still, barely carbonated braggot. Dark chestnut honey, cranberries, wild hops, and a hefty dose of rye (oh the happy memories of a stuck mash...) make for a complex, and decidedly "different" beer, which I reckon would benefit from extensive cellaring. Expect obvious notes of honey, underlined with a berry-like fruitiness, and a generous splash of wintergreen.
While it may not be a beer for everyone, I am intensely proud of it, for various obvious reasons