Substantially Complete 2021
1, 2, 3 Year Mixed Fermentation Blend — Substantially Complete reflects The Monolith both as a physical entity and the beer it produces. This blend is a snapshot of our mixed fermentation program year to year, using Marsala, Red Wine and Cognac barrels of different vintages. After fermenting for 1, 2, & 3 years using a house-blend of microorganisms, the result is our quintessential blend— adventurous, yet balanced, with bright peach and citrus flavour, light oxidative and wine notes, highlighted by a medium acidity. We hope you like it!
Brandy Barrel-Aged Dark Lager — The brewing machine never stops in Blind Enthusiasm’s barrel room and Working Overtime is the delicious result of this process. A big dark lager was added to fresh Brandy barrels and aged for 20 months to create a smooth and boozy delight. Dark fruits and cherry cola notes are supported by a bright effervescence in this big, drinkable beer. We hope you like it.
12 Month Mixed Fermentation Blend — 86 Lagér is a barrel-fermented beer made with Lager and Brettanomyces yeasts. It’s a blend of 12 month California and Spanish Red Wine barrels and is lightly dry hopped with Saaz and Strisselspalt. While in barrel, rogue acidifying microorganisms infiltrated a couple of the barrels leading to an unexpected dimension: medium light acidity! The resulting blend has floral hop notes, balanced red wine fruitiness, bright citrus, and stone fruit aromatics. We love the result, but this acidification method has been forever 86’ed from our production playbook.
Mixed Multiple Entendres
14 Month Mixed Fermentation Blend — This collab with our friends from Sea Change is the second of two beers we brewed together; both were produced using identical ingredients but different processes. This Mixed Fermentation blend was fermented in Italian Moscato Bianco and Chianti barrels for 14 months using a special blend of yeasts and bacteria. The result is bright white wine fruitiness and red wine depth with intense citrus and floral hop character. It has round texture with high acidity, and a juicy finish. We hope you like it.
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Amber Ale — Baby Buffalo was born by the addition of an amber ale into Buffalo Trace barrels that had recently been used to make Buffalo Meadows. It aged for 22 months barrels until achieving a delightful balance of bourbon booziness and caramel malt character. With low bitterness and notes of dark cherry this beer is smooth, balanced, and exceptionally drinkable despite its not so baby ABV. We hope you like it.
Extra Special Kook
This batch of the original Kook Birds inspired riff uses our well known Extra Special Monk Lager aged in the second fill of Strathcona Spirits Pinot Gin barrels for one and a half years. The strong peach and tangerine flavours as well as its tropical papaya aromas come from a heavy dry hopping with Southern Passion. The overall fruitiness is balanced by a present bitterness and flavours of fresh thyme. Despite its high alcohol this light gold brew is smooth and surprisingly approachable.
Occasionally a beer names itself, and this was the case with Smooth Operator. As a big, brown ale aged in Port barrels for 24 months we were a little surprised how easy-drinking it was, even though it clocks in at 8.7% ABV. The very first suggested name, Smooth Operator, was unanimously approved. This recipe uses a wide range of dark malts which play nicely off the red fruit and tannin from the Port barrels. The final beer is a delightful amalgam of red wine, chocolate, and cola notes with a clean, dry finish. We hope you like it.
Kook Birds Lager
The second version of Kook Birds is a participant in our Lagerization Project. Instead of using an ale yeast this batch of Kook Birds was brewed as a lager with our Uncharted Citra recipe. As with the original beer we collaborated with our kooky pals over at Strathcona Spirits and aged this beer in their Pinot Gin barrels for 24 weeks. The result is fruity and herbal with bold gin character. This version is sharper and more direct than the first release thanks to its Lagerization Project origins. We hope you like it.
The Mimic is a Quick Turn Mixed Fermentation beer, fermented in stainless steel tanks for 4 months. Our use of the traditional turbid mashing process lends it full texture and flavour, while having a very low alcohol content. It is fermented with a special blend of Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus. This unique blend of organisms gives bright citrus and tropical fruit flavours and aromas, balanced by a round texture and medium acidity.
One Night in Dunham
This collaboration with our friends from Twin Sails Brewing started one fateful night in the town of Dunham. We were lodged together in a house on a hill, for Brasserie Dunham’s Foudres Unis festival. After sharing a few beers, the plan for this collab was hatched! We departed from our usual base wort, opting to include Cara Aroma and Munich malts. After fermenting for 16 months in Spanish red wine barrels the resulting blend has medium acidity, bright red fruit notes, light wine tannin, and a dry finish.
This dark ale is deep brown in color, medium-bodied, with a combination of rich chocolate and subtle fruit notes. Dark chocolate blends into raisins, dried cherries, and red currants for a surprisingly dry finish.
Union Bhoys Lager
Union Bhoys Lager was brewed in celebration of the Soccer Team Union St-Gilloise in Brussels, Belgium. This lager was brewed with both wheat and barley, giving it a hazy yellow colour. It has floral and melon fruit aromatics, with clean malt, honey dew, and lychee flavours followed by a dry, lightly bitter finish.