Here at Verdant we have been wanting to branch out into other styles for some time. But you know things happened and we find ourselves a year out of time. We had grand plans for 2020, opening a tap room and welcoming the local community alongside the wider Cornish community to join us for some beer and food. We always had planned to brew some beers that were only available from the taproom as well as our customers in Cornwall. With that in mind we have started a new project called Seedfall.
Although we're mostly known for our IPA's, and it's fair to say we've predominantly based our production and growth around that genre, we have a deep love for other beer styles and for experimentation. Beers released under the 'Seedfall' umbrella have all had an incredible amount of thought and painstaking effort put into them and it feels only right to offer these up first and foremost to those communities closest to our front door. We're proud to have started and grown Verdant in Cornwall, both its geography and its people have been the fuel and fire in our belly from day one.
My golly we do love a lager at Verdant HQ! Not any old mass produced lager mind you, but the kind that has been crafted via centuries of accumulated brew knowledge and painstaking patience. On the surface lagers appear to be the simplest type of beer to produce, and in some ways they are, but to produce examples that sit near the top of the pile is very very difficult. Always up for a challenge, we have segregated some production space and a couple of tanks and named it our 'Lager Project'. This is where we get to explore the many styles of lager, get incredibly geeky about their intricacies and most importantly of all give them the time and space they require to hit the mark in your glass. We're brewing them on their own terms, not trying to squeeze them into a predetermined packaging schedule. It's a labour of love for sure.
We've brewed and packaged a few pilsner iterations over the last year or so but it wasn't until we packaged our first Lager Project version of a hop bitter German Pilsner in March that we realised we had taken a giant stride forwards. It's clearly the best lager we've produced so far and it's the first beer we're proud to apply the Seedfall moniker to. This is a thirst quenching straw coloured, unfiltered, noble hopped lager to be drunk and enjoyed from can or draught any time of day, any day of the week. German malted barley, German lager yeast, German hops and AMAZING Cornish water. We will be revisiting this pilsner over and over again to tweak and perfect.
The world of lagers is surprisingly broad and massively interesting. Others we have in tank fermenting or will be brewing soon include: Munich Helles, Vienna Lager, Märzen, Dunkel and Kellerbier to name just a few. Watch this space and keep an eye out for new ones being released. Feedback welcome, we all want the same outcome...great beer.
Did I hear somebody say cask? Oh yeah, nearly forgot to mention that we are also earmarking our very own 'Cask Project' section of production! As with the lagers we want to do cask right, we're a little while off yet, but once we've started experimenting and journeying we'll share everything we're planning with you.