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. Wild and sour beer is a good analogy in that it changes dramatically over time depending on what it's exposed to.
When will you open?
We are open! Since we do not have a tasting room, we will just be doing bottle releases the second Saturday of every month.
Will you have a tasting room?
We are starting out as a production facility only. We plan to serve samples on our release days and have beer on tap at select beer bars around town. Eventually we will open a tasting room, depending on how well bottles sell.
Do you do tours?
Yes! All tours are by appointment and include a tasting of various bottles of beer as well as some tasting straight from tanks and barrels. 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.
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.
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, 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 Monthly Releases page for a list of shops that carry our bottles.
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 tanks. 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. We will also be utilizing a coolship to create spontaneously fermented beer. That should be on the market early 2018, if all goes well.
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…!)
What is spontaneously fermented beer?
Spontaneously fermented beer is beer that is completely fermented with organisms from the wild using either a coolship, fruit addition, 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 use some of the traditional Lambic methods such as turbid mashing, aged hops, very long boils, etc.
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 we do plan to make wild cider and wild wine some day.
Will your beer be vegetarian/vegan?
Yes. No finings or animal products will be used, whatsoever.