In this Where the Wild Beers Are Review we are going to cover it’s history, ticket prices, what you can expect and attendee reviews.
The Wild, Wild West of Wild Beers
“Are you feelin’ lucky…
We’d imagine that’s what Clint Eastwood from the Dirty Harry movie series would say to lucky wild beer enthusiast with access to a cornucopia of untapped, untasted and highly desirable wild beers.
Think this is your typical beer festival?
This is Where The Wild Beers Are. Where sharing is truly caring.
This low-key, relaxed and friendly gathering of 100+ beer aficionados is a collaborative effort where fans of the funk come together sharing and celebrating rare, near-impossible-to-find and unconventional wild and sour ales.
Though these beers have been around for longer than more conventionally brewed beers of modern day, it’s very existence was shriveling up like an old prune to near extinction in the age of pure yeast cultures. But thanks to small, intimate festivals like Wild Beers, they are on the rebound because of artisan brewers, drinkers and enthusiast imbibers like you.
Most commercially produced wild and sour ales are welcomed, be it easily available via import or rare domestic one-off’s.
Participants who bring unusually rare, limited or hard-to-find wild beers receive extra samples and priority pours.
These are hard-to-find, wild yeast growing beers truly making it “Where The Wild Beers Are”
Where The Wild Beers Are Location, Tickets and Other Details
The main event takes place at The Wick – 260 Meserole St, Brooklyn NY 11206 on Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Monday, May 30, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
The second event takes place in the fall in Minneapolis October 2016.
Tickets can be purchased at wherethewildbeersare.com
If you’re visiting from out of town, we recommend staying at Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, Hotel Le Jolie has a hipster vibe, complimentary breakfast, and a convenient location near the Brooklyn Brewery and Knitting Factory Brooklyn.
For a paltry $20 registration fee and a 750ml wild beer offering for the event, you receive 10 drink tickets (approx. 1 drink ticket per 2.5oz contributed, multiple small bottles are fine) you can partake in the various wild, sour and farmhouse ale’s other guests being from every corner of the country to this special, one-of-a-kind event.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is wild/sour beer?
Sour or wild beer is beer that has been exposed to “wild” yeast or bacteria rather than exclusively fermented with “pure” yeast.
Thus, it’s generally sour or ‘tart’ in nature, though the intensity varies greatly by style, extent of exposure, producer and intent. The wild yeast/bacteria could be the dominant part of the fermentation or merely ancillary. The flavors and aromas produced are very complex; from intensely acidic, to rich fruity “cherry pie”, pineapple, “barnyard”, or lactic.
Do I have to register online?
Yes, and space is limited. Remember to bring ID!
What if I don’t bring any sour/wild beer to share, can I still participate?
If you bring nothing to share, you get nothing to drink and thus can
Can I bring my homebrewed sour/wild/farmhouse beer?
Sorry no, this event is for commercially produced beer.
So there you have it. That’s the Where the Wild Beers Are Review in a nutshell.
You’re sure to have a pleasant, relaxed evening in the company of friends who share your same love for all things wild beer. There truly is no other event like it. Although it’s a small, niche beer community, what it lacks in size it makes up for in heart and soul. And who knows. Wild beer could make a come back in the mainstream market like Blake’s hard apple cider and be a force to be reckoned with.