Fruitful Pursuits: Riesling 2022
Fruitful Pursuits Riesling 2022 is a Spontaneous Fermentation blend refermented on Riesling grapes. We used hundreds of kilograms of the highest quality wine grapes grown by Nathan Goltz in the Similkameen Valley and supplied by Steve & Dan’s Fresh BC Fruit. The blend of 1, 2 & 3 year barrels spent 2 months refermenting with the crushed fruit and skins. This hybrid of beer and wine showcases the complexity of Spontaneous Fermentation, while the grapes bring citrus, apple, light pepper & floral flavours, highlighted by wine-like acidity, round texture, and subtle tannin.
Fruitful Pursuits: Quince 2022
Fruitful Pursuits Quince 2022 is a blend of Mixed & Spontaneous Fermentation barrels refermented on quince. This unique fruit was suggested to us by Steve & Dan’s Fresh BC Fruit and has become a favourite. The blend of 1, 2, & 3 year barrels refermented for 2 months with hundreds of kilograms of ripe quince. The fruit adds punchy floral, honey, and pear-like flavour and aroma . It brings exceptional texture with a full and velvety tannin structure that coats the palate, complimented by the poppy acidity and ester fruitiness of the blend. We hope you like it!
Fruitful Pursuits: Plum 2022
Fruitful Pursuits Plum is a Mixed Fermentation blend refermented on freshly picked plums. For 2022 we used hundreds of kilograms of Damson and President plums grown in the Okanagan and supplied by our good friends Steve & Dan’s Fresh BC Fruit. The blend of 1, 2 & 3 year barrels referments on the fruit for 2 months resulting in robust plum flavours, subtle baking spice notes, and a beautiful rose colour. This is highlighted by a balanced tart acidity and velvety plum skin tannins. We hope you like it!
Mon Chester is a Mixed Fermentation blend featuring the unique characteristics of Sicilian red wine barrels. The beer is fermented in these incredibly flavourful barrels for 24 months which imparts a huge amount of the bright fruity flavours from these warm weather Sicilian red wines. These flavours caught the attention of our good friend Tom Chester so much that we named the beer after him. The result is a beer with bombastic raspberry fruitiness, juicy citrus, rose water aromatics, and candy like intensity. These flavours are highlighted by a bright, tart acidity and fleeting dry finish.
1, 2 & 3 Year Spontaneous Fermentation Blend — Spontaneous Manifesto marks a milestone as The Monolith’s inaugural 100% Spontaneous Fermentation release. Made using historical methods developed in Belgium over generations, this blend of 1, 2 & 3 year barrels is our quintessential Spontaneous Fermentation blend. The result of these techniques is a unique product shaped by our local environment and indigenous microflora. It showcases classic stone fruit, apple and citric flavours and aromas with some bright red wine fruitiness, and subtle tannin, highlighted by a balanced acidity.
Frucht Bombe is the fourth release in the Dry Hop Series. This blend of two, three, and four year mixed fermentation barrels is dry hopped with two contemporary German hop varietals: Huell Mellon and Mandarina Bavaria. These two distinct hops react to create an explosion of ripe tangerine, sharp grapefruit, and juicy melon hop character. This eruption of flavour is balanced by a full, round texture, medium acidity, and a subtle salinity. We hope you like it.
The Royal Cherry Raspberry
The Royal Cherry Raspberry is a Quick Turn mixed fermentation beer fermented in stainless steel tanks with a proprietary method. It was then re-fermented on Okanagan Cherries and Raspberries for 2 months. The time spent on the fresh Cherries and Raspberries adds the intense flavours, aromas, and textures of these fruits as well as notable tannin, marzipan, baking spice, and bright vanilla. This is all balanced by a medium acidity and bright high carbonation.
Bière des Charentes
Bière des Charentes is a mixed fermentation blend featuring unique characteristics imparted by a 24 month fermentation in Cognac barrels. These barrels originated in the Charente region of France where Cognac is made. The result is a blend focused on the bright fruit notes of brandy, with savoury leather and saline character. It finishes with drying tannins and subtle fennel notes, highlighted by a balanced medium acidity. We hope you like it.
Astra Primursa is the third release in the Dry Hop Series. This blend of one, two, three and four year old mixed-fermentation barrels is a collision of two worlds: old world East Kent Goldings and new world Amarillo. These two wildly different hops meld delightfully to dry hop this beer. The result is juicy grapefruit, tropical starfruit, and marmalade hop character balanced by a full, round texture and medium-high acidity.
Bière de Gascony
Bière de Gascony is a mixed-fermentation blend that spent 24 months in Armagnac barrels before being carefully selected for this beer. The Armagnac barrels used in this beer originated in Gascony, France. The blend displays a combination of berry fruit notes and savoury depth with elements of leather and tobacco. It has medium acidity and a dry finish showcasing a combination of subtle baking spice and oaky tannins. We hope you like it.
Sojourn in Sicily
Sojourn in Sicily is a Mixed Fermentation blend featuring unique characteristics imparted by Sicilian Marsala barrels. The beer fermented in the Marsala barrels for 20 months before being blended. This blend is the first led by our brewer Ian “Nar” Nawrot who has been with the brewery since the start. The result is a robust beer with subtle red berry and rose water aromatics, savoury walnut and maple flavours, which are amplified by a medium high acidity.
2, 3 & 4 Year Spontaneous & Mixed Fermentation Blend — Convergent Evolution is the true convergence of Spontaneous and Mixed Fermentation. Fermented in red wine barrels for 2, 3 & 4 years this blend combines the unique characteristics of both methods. The blend of 75% Spontaneous and 25% Mixed Fermentation gives the depth and complexity of Spontaneous with the brightness and vibrance of Mixed Fermentation. The result is a balanced beer with stone fruit and ripe apple aromatics, savoury wine depth, with a bright citrus finish and medium acidity.