Origins Brewing Cellar Release #2 – Pandora, Expedition, Succession & Fossick
After an amazing response to our cellar stock release of three Origins Brewing beers last month, we’ve dived back into our stash to bring back another four cellar-aged brews for a second (and final) special release.
Like our previous release – these beers have been kept in a cool, dark corner of one of farm buildings, maturing and evolving with time. We had a brilliant time tasting them as a team this week and we’re really excited about how all three are tasting and can’t wait to share them with you – especially Pandora, one of the very first beers ever brewed for Origins brewing back in 2015!
PANDORA – 8.1%
We released Pandora in Autumn 2017 as one of the four beers in the very first Origins Brewing collection, and at that point the beer was already over two years old, having taken residency in American oak with a mixed Brett culture and foraged blackberries from Glen Fyne. The balance of flavour that Pandora is exhibiting is nothing short of beautiful, especially given its 5+ years of aging. Do not miss this one.
EXPEDITION – 5.6%
Our first foray into bringing old world and new world IPAs together was a barrel-aged clean-fermented Citra and Amarillo beer blended with a young kettle-soured ale before packaging. Released in Spring 2018, our first Expedition was an interesting, refreshing marriage of two worlds, but time has been astonishingly kind to this adventure – we don’t say this lightly, but it’s developed a gueuze-like complexity and depth of sourness that is mouth-wateringly moreish.
FOSSICK – 7.6%
The fastest-selling beer in our Spring 2019 collection, Fossick is an ambitious beer – blending rich dark malts with sour cherries and a complex Brettanomyces culture. While not aggressively sour, there’s a reminiscence of Flanders Red-style ales in this cellar-aged edition, with the cherries still pushing their fruitiness in the finish after wash of spicy oak and deep funk.
SUCCESSION – 6.6%
When we released Succession in Spring 2018, it was a bit of a love-it or hate-it beer – the use of foraged meadowsweet divided drinkers, giving a complex nutty, botanical note to the complex flavour profile and an almost smoky phenolic finish. Over time the flavours have mellowed and harmonised, and the phenolic finish has dissipated, leaving behind a pleasantly gentle and fruity beer with an interesting depth and, if we’re being honest, odd aroma.
These beers are available in very small quantities right now from the online shop, so if you’re interested in tasting some rare vintages from the Origins Brewing project, head over there and order now. And don’t forget there’s a 10% code available for newsletter subscribers who sign up before Tuesday 6 October!