///7 Beers for 7 Years!/// 7 Beers for 7 Years! As our 7th Anniversary approaches, we wanted to share more details about the beers we are excited to share for the big day. The second collaborative beer we made with Max from @theredoesnotexist from San Luis Obispo. He came down the second half of December to make The Taken with us, but more about that later… We had a lot of mutual friends before we had the chance to meet and knew him by reputation. We finally had the chance to connect at a festival a year ago and were stoked to host him in Oxnard for a day of brewing, learning, and honey tasting (as well as some other errands haha!). Max makes amazing beers and approaches the craft with commitment and thoughtfulness that we admire.
The Taken is a farmhouse ale brewed with pilsner malt, oats, honey malted oats, and Honey. We hopped it in the kettle with A LOT of super low alpha acid Strisselspalt hops and fermented it with a Belgian Saison strain. Near the end of fermentation, we added blueberry blossom honey, and we added more honey prior to packaging, so this one is naturally conditioned in keg and can. The aroma is juicy fruit gum with a very low spice character. The beer is dry with a round bitterness and highly drinkable. The flavors bring subtle honey and bread character along with more Belgian spice, we think it falls nicely into the classic Saison-style and is excited for a mix-fermented version of this beer to come out later this year!