December 9th Bottle Release!

December 9th Bottle Release!

For the last release of the year we are bringing out a number of strange and crazy beers that have been sitting in barrels and/or stainless for quite some time.

Pickup day is Saturday, December 9th, from 10 am - 4 pm.

Bottle reservations start Saturday, 12/2 at noon, and go until Friday, 12/8 at noon (or until sold out)

Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speciation-december-bottle-release-tickets-40170002559


1. Cross Fertilization - A Golden Sour with unmalted wheat and dry hopped with aged Summit and Ultra hops.

2. Montauk - Our modern interpretation of a Kvass style bread beer.

3. Sympatric - A sour golden ale aged in wine barrels with Seyval Blanc grapes from Berrien Domaine Vineyard. 55% Sour Golden beer, 45% Seyval Blanc.

4. Melanocarpa - Wine Barrel Aged Golden Sour with 3lb/bbl of Aronia berries (chokeberries) from Tanglewood winery in Holland.

November 11th Bottle Release

November 11th Bottle Release

Bottle reservations start Saturday, 11/4 at noon, and go until Friday, 11/10 at noon.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speciation-november-bottle-release-tickets-39198826746

Pickup day is Saturday, November 11th, from 10 am - 4 pm.

1. Tequila BA Incipient w/ Blueberries, Limes, & Salt - 
Our golden sour base aged for 7 weeks in 2nd use tequila barrels. Then we added 2lb/bbl blueberries from Tanglewood Winery in Holland, MI. We finished this beer out with lime zest and juice from a few hundred limes! 792 bottles were produced. $22/bottle. Corked & Caged 750ml. Limit 4/person.

2. Trace Elements - Wild Grisette/Pilsner Hybrid. Fermented in stainless first with German Lager yeast, then finished with our house wild cultures and lightly dry hopped with aged Saaz and Ultra hops. This is intended to be a very light and easy drinking saison, with a touch of bitterness, a touch of acidity, and a touch of funk. 660 bottles were produced. $10/bottle. Capped 750ml. Limit 6/person.

3. Magic Trait - Golden sour base aged in stainless and then double fruited with Blackberry and Black Currant. Intense jammy fruit flavors, with a dry finish. 1024 bottles were produced. $24/bottle. Corked & Caged 750ml. Limit 4/person.

4. Morphology - A dry hopped Berliner Weisse inspired beer - Distribution to Cultured Club and the East side ONLY! Brewed in collaboration with our east side distributors, M4 CIC! We started with a mini version of our golden sour recipe, and dry hopped it at the acidity we liked to stop acidification. Then we dry hopped it again with 4 different "M" hops: Medusa, Mosaic, Motueka, & Mandarina Bavaria... 2.5lb/bbl in total. 924 bottles were produced. Find this beer exclusively in the shops on the east side of the state, mid November!

October Bottle Release - Stone Fruit Month

October Bottle Release - Stone Fruit Month

Because we release beers only when they are ready, this month is the month of local stone fruit beers! Although these are all stainless aged beers, we worked hard sourcing and processing the fruit. The whole family pitched in this month, and we think that shows in the end product.

Bottle reservations start Saturday, 10/7 at noon, and go until noon Friday, 10/13.

Pickup day is Saturday, October 14th, from 10 am - 4 pm.

Each ticket represents 1 bottle of beer, so please make sure to order the correct amount of tickets! On pick up day you may pay for your bottle(s) with cash or credit card (we use square).

1. Peach Genetic Drift - Wild ale with 1.5 lbs peaches/gallon from Nyblad farms. Stainless aged. We decided to switch it up with Genetic Drift when our friends at Nyblad farms asked if we wanted their first harvest of peaches while we were picking up our cherries. It was a split second decision that we don't regret! The already peachy base beer takes on a whole new layer of fruit flavor, slightly reminiscent of Trolli Peachie O's. This candy flavor goes very well with the classic fruity funk of Genetic Drift. 756 bottles were produced. $17/bottle. Corked & Caged, 750ml. Limits will be determined after Cultured Club sales end. Limited distribution across MI.

2. Sweet Cherry Incipient - Golden sour ale with 1.5 lbs of sweet cherries/gallon from Nyblad Farms. Aged in stainless. 672 bottles were produced. $22/bottle. Corked & Caged, 750ml. Limits will be determined after Cultured Club sales end. Limited distribution across MI.

3. Tart Cherry Incipient - Golden sour ale with 1.5 lbs of tart cherries/gallon from a small family farm in Ludington. Aged in stainless. One weekend while relaxing at the family cottage near Ludington we received a message from a friend nearby. He said he had a bunch of tart cherries that needed to be picked ASAP. We packed up the entire family and headed out to the farm to pick for a few hours. Mitch wanted to keep picking but 8.5 month preggo Whitney couldn't keep going. She ended up having baby Quincy only 4 days later! All our hard work was worth it though, as this beer is absolutely delicious. 576 bottles were produced. $22/bottle. Corked & Caged, 750ml. Limits will be determined after Cultured Club sales end. Brewery only release.

September Bottle Release! Transient collab, Kriek, Genetic Drift, Blackberry Sour

September Bottle Release! Transient collab, Kriek, Genetic Drift, Blackberry Sour

Bottle reservations start Saturday, 9/2 at noon, and go until noon Friday, 9/8.

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speciation-september-bottle-release-tickets-37245540414

Each ticket represents 1 bottle of beer, so please make sure to order the correct amount of tickets! On pick up day you may pay for your bottle(s) with cash or credit card (we use square).

Pickup day is Saturday September 9th, from 10 am - 4 pm.

1. Blackberry Incipient - Our Golden Sour aged in stainless, with Blackberry concentrate. 1008 bottles produced.  $22/bottle. Corked & Caged, 750ml. Limits determined after Cultured Club sales end.

2. Genetic Drift Batch 5 - Dry Hopped w/ Amarillo, El Dorado, and Galaxy. We decided to switch things up a bit for our 5th batch. Instead of the normal combination of old world & new world hops, we went all new world. This is dry hopped at 3.3lbs/bbl... so it has a really intense level of tropical & citrus hop flavor. 840 bottles produced. $15/bottle. Corked & Caged, 750ml. Limits determined after Cultured Club sales end.

3. Sorry to Disappoint You - Collab w/ Transient - Barrel Fermented Wild Pilsner Dry Hopped w/ Saaz. We are super excited about this beer. Chris and Mitch have been talking about brewing a collaboration for a long time now, and we finally made it happen. They both bond over a love of lighter beers, in particular Pilsners. We knew people would expect us to brew a sour, so we decided to do the exact opposite... and disappoint everyone. We brewed a Pilsner base, fermented warm with pilsner yeast, then finished with our separate house cultures. Only 320 bottles produced at Speciation. $12/bottle. Capped, 750ml. Limits determined after Cultured Club sales end.

4. Sweet/Tart Cherry Incipient - This is a blend of 60% sweet cherry golden sour and 40% tart cherry golden sour. Aged in stainless. The sweet cherries are from Nyblad farms, and the tart cherries are from a farm in Ludington. 1.5lbs/gallon of whole fruit. Only 312 bottles produced. $22/bottle. Corked & Caged, 750ml. Limits determined after Cultured Club sales end.

August Bottle Release - Rhubarb sour, Cranberry sour, Tequila Barrel sour!

August Bottle Release - Rhubarb sour, Cranberry sour, Tequila Barrel sour!

1. Rhubarb & Vanilla Incipient - We aged our golden sour in stainless and added 300 lbs of Rhubarb and 35 Mexican vanilla beans! What results is an alluring blend of juicy and tart rhubarb with a nice sweet/smoky kick of vanilla. $22/bottle. Limits will be determined after Cultured Club sales end. (Cultured club is closed for 2017. We will announce details about the 2018 membership soon.)

2. Gene Flow (Cranberry & Hibiscus Gose) - This was brewed in collaboration with homebrewer Ric Brown. We started with his gold medal winning spiced holiday gose and slightly modified it to make a deliciously quaffable summer beer. The grist contains 2 row, wheat, and oats. Orange peel was used in the boil, and then we fermented in neutral oak. After fermentation we added a load of cranberry concentrate, a few pounds of hibiscus, and a touch of salt. We absolutely love this beer... enough to enter it into GABF this fall! This is a brewery only release and will not get distribution. $18/bottle. Limits will be determined after Cultured Club sales end.

3. Tequila Barrel Aged Incipient (w/ Blood Orange, Pink Guava, Limes, and Salt) - We aged our golden sour base in Tequila barrels for a month, and added fruit. We just went crazy with this one, going for a cross between a sour beer, a margarita, and a tropical fruit smoothie. $22/bottle. Limits will be determined after Cultured Club sales end.

Each ticket represents 1 bottle of beer, so please make sure to order the correct amount of tickets! On pick up day you may pay for your bottle(s) with cash or credit card (we use square).

Pickup day is Saturday Auguest 12th, from 10 am - 4 pm. Cultured Club members may opt to wait until the next release (August 12th) to pick up.

July Bottle Release - Genetic Drift, Bio-Mimicry, Common Descent

July Bottle Release - Genetic Drift, Bio-Mimicry, Common Descent

Howdy!

We are working really hard around here to prepare tons of new beers for everyone. This month brings with it the introduction of 2 new beers!!

1. Genetic Drift Batch 4 dry hopped with Belma and a Slovenian hop called Celia. Genetic Drift is our rustic wild saison. The combination of hops is outstanding in this beer. Spicy noble characteristics, light strawberry, and melon. The grain bill consists of Pilsner malt, Vienna, oats, rye and wheat. This Batch of Genetic Drift is definitely the most straightforward brett saison we've made to date, and we are loving it right now. It will also age very well. $15/bottle, limits will be determined after cultured club sales end. (Also, no there aren't any cultured club memberships available right now. Look for the 2018 memberships later this year)

2. Bio-mimicry Rustic IPA dry hopped with Amarillo & Belma. The grain bill is 50% MI grown Pilsner malt, and 50% MI grown Triticale. Triticale is a hybrid of rye and wheat, and is a relatively new crop in Michigan. We are one of the first breweries in the state to use this grain! The body is dry with a nice body and spice from the triticale. The dry body balances with the citrus and strawberry from the hops. This was fermented with our house mixed culture, so it also exhibits many of the yeast characteristics of Genetic Drift. $15/bottle, limits will be determined after cultured club sales end.

3. Common Descent Berliner Weisse aged in wine barrels with Lemon & Lime. This is a summer crusher. 3.4% abv, lightly tart, and with a refreshing zing from lemon and lime zest! This has been aging in a wine barrel for 5 months, so we recommend drinking this asap to enjoy the citrus flavors before they fade. This is extremely limited, as we only bottled one wine barrel of it. $12/bottle, limits will be determined after cultured club sales end.

Bottle reservations begin Saturday July 1st at noon, and go until Friday the 7th at 6pm (or until it's sold out) at this Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speciation-july-release-tickets-35605070725

Each ticket represents 1 bottle of beer, so please make sure to order the correct amount of tickets! On pick up day you may pay for your bottle(s) with cash or credit card (we use square).

Pickup day is Saturday July 8th, from 10 am - 4 pm. Cultured Club members may opt to wait until the next release (August 12th) to pick up.

Also, remember that proxies are allowed. We just need a copy of the purchaser's ID and the proxy's ID, as well as their order (digital copies are totally fine, try not to kill too many trees!) Also, since the full price of the bottle isn't paid for up front, it will be the proxy's responsibility to pay for the bottles at pickup.

Cheers!

Mitch & Whitney Ermatinger (& Rally)

Bottle Release - June 10th

Bottle Release - June 10th

The June releases are tasting great, and they are ready to go out into the wild!

1. Incipient Batch 4: Pomegranate! Our house golden sour with an absurd amount of pomegranate concentrate. $22/bottle. Limits will be determined after Cultured Club sales end.

2. Vicariance Farmhouse IPA. We aren't an IPA brewery, but we still wanted to make something to satisfy the hop heads. This was brewed in collaboration with Pike 51, and fermented in neutral barrels at Speciation with our house cultures. We added loads of Idaho 7 hops in the whirlpool, and dry hopped with Lemondrop. Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, & Pine. Extremely limited... only 450 bottles were made. $20/bottle. Limits will be determined after Cultured Club sales end.

Bottle reservations begin Saturday June 3rd at noon, and go until Friday the 9th at 6pm (or until it's sold out.) Reserve bottles at Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speciation-june-release-tickets-34833744668

Each ticket represents 1 bottle of beer, so please make sure to order the correct amount of tickets! On pick up day you may pay for your bottle(s) with cash or credit card (we use square).

Pickup day is Saturday June 10th, from 10 am - 4 pm. Cultured Club members may opt to wait until the next release (July 8th) to pick up.

Also, remember that proxies are allowed. We just need a copy of the purchaser's ID and the proxy's ID, as well as their order (digital copies are totally fine, try not to kill too many trees!) Also, since the full price of the bottle isn't paid for up front, it will be the proxy's responsibility to pay for the bottles at pickup.

Cheers!

Mitch & Whitney Ermatinger (& Rally)

Tangerine Incipient Release - May 13th

Tangerine Incipient Release - May 13th

May's releases are really tasty. If you enjoyed Black Currant Incipient... you are going to like the next few months!

The first beer is Tangerine Incipient! We took our rustic golden sour base (Incipient) and added an absurd amount of Tangerine concentrate. It's bright orange, and it tastes extremely tropical, with a balanced acidity. $22/bottle. Limits will be determined after the Cultured Club sales end.

The second beer is Batch 3 of Genetic Drift, our house wild saison. We dry hopped this batch with 2lbs/bbl of Azzaca & East Kent Goldings. Tropical, grassy, funky. $15/bottle. Limits will be determined after the Cultured Club sales end.

Reservations begin Saturday May 6th at noon, and go until Friday the 12th at 6pm or until it's sold out. Bottles reservations will open to the public on Saturday 5/6/17 at noon.

Each ticket represents 1 bottle of beer, so please make sure to order the correct amount of tickets! On pick up day you may pay for your bottle(s) with cash or credit card (we use square).

Pickup day is Saturday May 13th, from 10 am - 4 pm. Simply bring your ID to the pickup counter, and we will process your payment. Cultured Club members may opt to wait until the next release (May 13th) to pick up, or schedule a time to come pick up bottles from me directly.

Also, remember that proxies are allowed. We just need a copy of the purchaser's ID and the proxy's ID, as well as their order (digital copies are totally fine, try not to kill too many trees!) Also, since the full price of the bottle isn't paid for up front, it will be the proxy's responsibility to pay for the bottles at pickup.
Cheers!

Mitch & Whitney Ermatinger (& Rally)

April 8th is a Double Release!

1. Genetic Erosion is a big, black version of Genetic Drift. This beer spent a month in some fresh bourbon barrels, and some neutral bourbon barrels. The grain bill is Pilsner, wheat, chocolate malt, midnight wheat, oats, and rye. It was fermented with our house blend of microbes which includes 3 strains of brett, Belle Saison, house wild yeast harvested from Holland, MI off of a crab apple flower, and other wild microbes from Comstock Park. This beer is not very funky or acidic yet, but we expect it to get funkier with aging. The flavor profile is dominated by malt, oak, and bourbon. As with all of our beers, it's very dry. Genetic Erosion clocks in at 9% abv. 82 cases were produced. $20/bottle. Public limits will be set after Cultured Club sales end.

2. Genetic Drift is our house wild saison. We dry hopped it with Mosaic and Saaz again, but we doubled the dry hopping rate from batch 1, so the hops are much more prevalent. Only 40 cases were produced, so this is very limited. $15/bottle. Limit 1/person.

Bottle reservations begin Saturday, April 1st at noon, and run until Friday, April 7th at noon. Get the refresh finger ready, because the last release sold out in under a minute. Here's the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speciation-april-release-tickets-33120298705

Please reserve 1 ticket per desired bottle. On pick up day you may pay for your bottle(s) with cash or credit card (we use square). Each ticket represents 1 bottle of beer, so please make sure to order the correct amount of tickets! PLEASE do not reserve tickets if you cannot be here yourself or send a proxy to pick up the bottles. If you reserve X amount of tickets, you will be expected to pay for X amount of bottles on the pickup day.

Pickup day is Saturday April 8th, from 10 am - 4 pm. Cultured club members may opt to wait until the next release (May 13th) to pick up, or schedule a time to come pick up bottles from me directly.

Also, remember that proxies are allowed. We just need a copy of the purchaser's ID and the proxy's ID, as well as their order (digital copies are totally fine, try not to kill too many trees!) Also, since the full price of the bottle isn't paid for up front, it will be the proxy's responsibility to pay for the bottles at pickup.

Cheers!

Mitch & Whitney Ermatinger (& Rally)