8 Wired - Hippy Berliner - Berliner Weisse
Posted by Anthony Morgan
on 25 August 2015
Go tell your parents to clean the mould out of the crazy paving, because today we're talking about the trippy Hippy Berliner.
In all seriousness, the name of the beer came about by mistake. Soren Eriksen (the head brewer at 8 Wired) sent an e-mail to 8 Wired's sales guy saying that he was planning on brewing a 'hoppy berliner'. What translated to the sales guy, through the miracle of spell check, was 'Hippy Berliner'. The sales guy loved the perceived name, and it wasn't until months down the track that Soren became aware of his typo. Nonetheless, the name fits perfectly
Why you ask? Let me tell you; it's fruity, but contains no fruit. IT CONTAINS NO FRUIT MAN! Wow, freak out.
The Hippy Berliner is dry hopped with US and NZ hops, and is naturally soured by live cultures. It's seriously like drinking a sour fruit juice. It's not overly sour, but I think it suits the beer. I could easily drink this as a session sour, no worries at all.
You can smack your lips around the Hippy Berliner at Armakeggon, Saturday 29 August. Trust me you'll want to add this little number to your tasting list especially if you've wanted to get in to sour I know that I'll be having quite a few on the day.
The Back Door Cellars will be getting a stock of them as well.
Hops: Amarillo, Simcoe, Riwaka
Malts: Wheat malt
IBU: Generally around 4-10 IBU. This one is a little bitter due to dry hopping.
Colour: Cloudy light amber
Taste: Sour and fruity Not overly sour though.
Overall: Get a slight pucker up peeps! This sour number would be a great introduction in to the realm of sour beers. I love it, not just because sours are my favourite, but because it is sessionable and very palatable.
Author: Anthony Morgan
About: Let’s be honest, would I be writing a beer blog if I didn’t love (with all my heart and to the death) beer...? Maybe, but I love beer!
I am not, by any means, a beer expert. I am not a harbinger, messenger, conduit sent from the fermented Gods. I am but a mortal man; a man with dreams and emotions, experiencing craft beer.
A few years ago, a friend of mine (let’s call her Yvette) started a ‘100 Beers in One Year’ challenge. Some mainstream beers, mostly craft beer, and a lot of single batch brews so the challenge wasn’t drinking 100 beers (the Untappd app would prove I did that in a month), the real challenge was finding the beers. My partner, Graham, and I found ourselves caught up in the list with her. We travelled Australia from coast to coast (literally), searching and finding, and of course drinking the hoppy gems. Many were found, and consumed in the fabric chairs at Archive. So this led to many visits to Archive, my foray to Armakeggon, the start of some great friendships, my love for this great beer establishment, and my ignited passion and thirst for awesome craft brews.
People who know me are aware that I am a sucker for the sour brews, I love them. Of course, I don’t discriminate. I love beers from both extreme ends in the beer spectrum. However, I’m still learning about beer and trying different beers and styles for the first time. So think of this blog as my journey, an imparting of some wisdom, and a conversation of our very beery opinions.
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