The Brewery

Riverbend Select

Raw Brett Beer



Original Release Date: 4/22/2016

Format:  1/6 bbl keg

Availability: NC

ABV: 6.3%

IBU: 40

SRM: 3

Bitterness Ratio: 40:59 (0.169)


Grist: Riverbend Select Two-Row Malt


Hops:  Summit



Brewer's Notes: This is actually a bit of a disaster batch.  Much like All About That Base, this beer was designed to try out a new malt and really get behind the flavor of it.  Unfortunately, that was the day that the burner fell off of our kettle.


Now, here's the thing:  When beer gets boiled you're doing three things:  1) You're killing off any bacteria or mold that might be present in your water.  2)  You're creating bitterness through the isomerization of your hops.  3) You're driving off volatile off-flavors (particularly DMS).  The burner fell off before we got to 180F, or even before we put hops in.  It ultimately took us almost a week to get the burner repaired.


In an effort to save the batch, we immediately put it into whirlpool with a bunch of hops (which are anti-bacterial!) and then cooled it and put it into barrels where we inoculated it with our house strain of Brett.


No joke:  It took a while to come around, but come around it did, to what ended up being a really funky, pineappley, grainy, tart beer that is worth going back to again and again.


As much as raw beer is something that adventurous homebrewers try from time to time, I wouldn't try this one at home.