Wild Bear was (512)'s first excursion into the world of so-called wild fermentation and its origins lie in our Fall seasonal, BRUIN. After primary fermentation, we added Brettanomyces yeast and Pediococcus bacteria cultures, and aged the blend in new oak barrels for over 10 months. This combination of wild "bugs" and barrel aging gives (512) Wild Bear a complex and enticing aroma of tart cherries, oak, and a touch of barnyard "funkiness", a crisp, tart flavor that will intensify with age, and an effervescent, oaky finish that leaves the palate clean. More recent versions are aged in one of our 45HL Foeder for 24 months.
Blue cheeses, dark chocolate truffles, ice cream