03 October 2016
From Fort Collins:
Fort Collins, CO – On Tuesday October 4th, Fort Collins Brewery and Farnam House Brewing out of Nebraska will be releasing an ancient-style ale called The Golden Standard. Reinheitsgebot, or German Purity Law, has reigned for 500 years and limits beer brewing to basic ingredients: water, hops, barley and later yeast. The Golden Standard will deviate from the purity law and revisit the pre-reinheitsgebot era of beer expanding outside those main ingredients. “The history of old-world styles is fascinating and it allows for creative freedom in recreating styles that haven’t been done for a number of years,” said Farnam House Owner and Brewer Tony Thomas. “This is going to be a truly unique and delicious beer.”
The Golden Standard is brewed with Colorado grown Bergamot and Goldenrod, Nebraska’s state flower. “As we discussed it with our buddies at Farnam, we decided to try and use ingredients from our respective states,” said FCB Lead Development Brewer Shaun Salyards. The Bergamot and Goldenrod were steeped into tea form and then added into the brew. The result is a 5.5% ABV brew that has a significant amount of herbal influence that lingers against a gritty mouthfeel from a malt bill that consists of Floor Malted German Wheat and Naked Oats. “The beer tastes very much like what you would imagine historic German ales would taste like,” said Salyards.
The Golden Standard will be available on draft at participating bars and restaurants within FCB and Farnam House’s distribution footprint in the coming weeks. The ancient brew will also be available on draft at the Modern Tavern at Fort Collins brewery on Tuesday October 4th and at Farnam House Brewing on Thursday, October 6th.