NINKASI: In praise of experimentation, for it’s own sake

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Welcome to the first of my new series “In Praise Of” where I will wax lyrical about an area of beer that is niche but (I believe) essential to the dynamic and rich beer culture we enjoy today.

The Wild Beer Co are well known for innovation and excellent beers; constantly trying new things that others haven’t even considered let alone attempted. This beer is a saison (but stronger), that used New Zealand hops (not Noble Hops) then has apple juice added before being fermented with wild yeast strains (as is common in a saison). As if this wasn’t enough they then bottle-condition the beer (something I nearly always support) with a champagne yeast.

This all leads to a rich but exceptionally refreshing beer that cuts through rich food flavours like a warm knife through butter.

This isn’t a beer for everyone and it isn’t a beer for everyday but I would like everyone to raise a glass to the brewers who constantly push boundaries for no reason other than that they haven’t been pushed before. You never know what will make it’s way into mainstream beers but I’m pleased that there will be lots of tested, innovative styles to learn from.



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