How do you pronounce your name?
We pronounce it "spee-see-aye-shun", but there are a number of correct pronunciations. Another common pronunciation is "spee-she-aye-shun".
What does your name mean?
Speciation is the formation of a new and distinct species in the course of evolution, often a result of physiological, geographical, anatomical or behavioral factors, separating members of one species.
How can I join your bottle club, the Cultured Club?
The Cultured Club is currently full at 150 members, but we will likely open up a few more slots for the 2019 calendar year. Look for more information about that fall of 2018.
Do you have a tasting room?
We are starting out as a production facility only. We serve beer on our release days and have beer on tap at select beer bars around town. We are working on a tasting room in the suite next to our original suite. Look for that early 2018.
Do you do tours?
Yes! All tours are by appointment and include a tasting, as well as some tasting straight from tanks and barrels occasionally. Tours are $15/per person, and we prefer to do them for small groups of 3-15 people to maintain a comfortable atmosphere. You will also have to opportunity to buy bottles and merchandise at the end of the tour. Click on "Contact" to schedule a tour.
How can I get your beer?
We do bottle releases of the beers that are ready each month. Tickets for bottles will be sold online the first Saturday of the month at noon, and the pickup day will be the second Saturday of the month. We will also be on tap at a few locations around GR, and have bottles available at a limited amount of bottle shops in the West Michigan area. See the Find Our Beer page for a list of shops that carry our bottles.
Are you hiring?
Because we are such a small operation, we are planning on handling everything ourselves for a while. Eventually we will probably hire some help with cellar work, so feel free to email a resume to Mitch, and we will keep your resume on file until we decide to hire.
What kind of methods do you use to make your beer?
Most of our standard offerings are open fermented in large stainless steel cubes, called IBC's (Intermediate Bulk Containers). We pitch a large amount of lab and wild sourced yeast and bacteria, let the beer age for a few months, package, and let the bottles condition for a few months before releasing them. Most of our smaller releases will be barrel aged. Our specialty is making relatively fast aged wild beer, which tastes 4-5 months on average from grain to glass. We will also be utilizing a coolship to create spontaneously fermented beer.
What is wild beer?
This is a big debate among brewers, but we define wild beer as any beer that embraces and displays characteristics from microorganisms that come directly from the wild, either through a coolship, open fermentation, fruit, yeast traps, etc. Simply adding a lab pitch of Brettanomyces does not make a beer wild (although it might make it delicious…!)
Is all of your beer sour?
No. All of our beers embrace wild organisms, but our beers are designed to have varying levels of acidity. Some are very acidic, and some are less acidic.
What is spontaneously fermented beer?
Spontaneously fermented beer is beer that is completely fermented with organisms from the wild using either a coolship, fruit additions, or some other method of inoculation. The main rule is that the brewer can’t pitch yeast. This method can produce extremely complex and delicious beers after extended aging and blending. This won’t be the only way we make beer, but it’s definitely going to be a large part of what we do in the future.
Will you make “Lambic” beer?
American Spontaneous/Coolship beers are quite different from Lambic, and we are proud to join the extremely small group of brewers in America that use a coolship to experiment outside of the boundaries of Lambic. Some things that differentiate us are that we are not located in Belgium (obviously), and we do not usually use the traditional Lambic methods such as turbid mashing, aged hops, very long boils, etc. We will brew a few batches of Méthode Traditionnelle each year.
Is wild beer safe to drink?
Absolutely! The short answer is that alcoholic beverages above 2% abv and/or below 4.5 pH are entirely safe to drink.
Will you make a gluten free beer?
Probably not, but it's a possibility.
Are your beers vegetarian/vegan?
Yes. No finings or animal products will be used, whatsoever.
Including bacon... which doesn't belong in beer anyways.