This past Sunday was Brewers Backyard and the day we got to taste the much anticipated beers from Indie Alehouse and Bellwoods Brewery that used city fruit harvested by Not Far From The Tree. Both breweries developed great beers that really let the fruit shine through.
Bellwoods Brewery made a Sour Tripel that was barrel aged on Golden Plums that were harvested from Campbell House. The Tripel weighed in at a hefty 10% alcohol level, although you wouldn’t know it from the taste. It was a really well balanced beer with a mellow tart plum flavour on the finish.
Indie Alehouse’s beer was also a hit. It was a very interesting combination of flavours. After doing an online naming competition through The Grid the beer was titled Street Wheat. This was because of its combination of different foraged foods that were added to the beer. All foraged from around Evergreen Brickworks the beer included Blackberries, Sumac and Birch Leaves. The first taste of the beer had a powerful punch of birch, but after a few sips it tasted more well balanced and a nice citrusy finish from the Sumac started to come through.
Chef Guy Rawlings also dished up a delicious Eggplant and Puffed Barley dish and Indie Alehouse provided great pulled pork sandwiches. This event left me looking forward to the next Brewers Backyard event which will take place on Monday, October 8th and will involve all new breweries.