Culmination Brewing is releasing its 2016 “Peche” in bottles this week, with a rare and vintage release today, Thursday, Feb. 2nd at Belmont Station and next week the new reserve series labeled bottles will debut. For fans of peaches or just fruit forward sour beers, Culmination’s Peche is a must try and welcome addition to the cellar or bottle trade.
“For our Peche, we used whole peaches with a small slice in each for direct contact with the beer,” said Culmination’s Paul Francis. The beer was re-fermented in Culmination’s foeder, a large tank sized wood vessel often used at wineries and breweries that produce large amounts of wild or sour ales. Nine hundred pounds of Peaches from Wells & Sons Viewmont Orchards in Hood River were added into secondary fermentation into the foeder. Similar to how winemakers push down grapes into fermenting wine in foeders, the Culmination brewers punched down the fruit every three days for the first nine days. Primary fermentation for the beer was for a Flanders-style Blonde fermented with the “Urban Brett” strain proprietary to Ruse Brewing and when the peaches were added to secondary only the natural left over microbes from peaches and leftover brett re-fermented the sugars.
view from the top of Culmination’s foeder looking down into the spent peach leftovers
Culmination describes the final product as having tropical fruit esters, brett funk, oak and of course peach. Culmination Brewing’s Peche is 6.5% ABV and arrives in 500ml bottles that will retail for around $9 each.
Culmination Brewing Peche bottle release at Belmont Station
Thursday, February 2nd 5 – 7pm
4500 SE Stark St, Portland, Oregon 97215