8 Wired / Malbec Barrel Aged Baltyk Tasman 9% - 330ml Bottle
While you may not immediately associate the intense, rich, black beer in your glass with 'lager', that is exactly what it is. Almost all beers fall within 2 categories - ales (made with top fermenting ale yeast at warm temperatures) and lagers (made with bottom fermenting lager yeast at cool temperatures). For years, the English would ship Imperial Stouts to Eastern Europe where Catherine The Great and her mates loved them. When local brewers decided to come up with a competing beer, they developed a worthy foil using lager yeast that thrived at the lower temperatures of their breweries. In 2017 8 Wired & PINTA brewed Baltyk-Tasman, a smooth, rich Baltic Porter with Polish hops and lagered for 3 months. They decided to go one step further by taking the same recipe and aging it for 6 months in freshly emptied Malbec wine barrels. This version is very complex and reminiscent of treacle, espresso and cocoa with woody, fruity, red wine tannic notes from the barrels.