So this just happened: https://crowdbrewed.com/rewards/wolves Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery What is Wolves & People? Wolves & People is a new farmhouse brewery under construction in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, just 21 miles outside of Portland. Dubbed by beer industry watchdogs as “the most anticipated brewery opening of 2015”, it’s an exciting project for beer lovers in Oregon and beyond. First things first. What’s with the name? It comes from of a nighttime game of tag my brothers and cousins played at night as kids growing up here on Springbrook Farm. (Start with a lone “wolf”. The “people” have to get across the yard and back without getting tagged by the wolf. Last person to get tagged is the winner. But it’s really fun to be a wolf, too.) OK, we get nerdier! Ancient Romans called hops the “little wolf among weeds” (because they’re so fast-growing). We’re going to focus on saisons, wild ales, and other experimental styles using indigenous yeasts already harvested here on the farm that make for tart, complex, delicious beers. I also love the fact that Oregon’s earliest pioneers gathered for the “wolf meetings” just a couple of miles from this farm and soon founded the state. It wasn’t long after that when a Bavarian named Sebastian Brutscher settled on this land and grew wheat, oats, and hops. Hmm, what’s in that kettle Sebastian? Brewing & Operations Wolves & People was founded by me, Portland, Oregon native Christian DeBenedetti. As a professional beer and travel writer since 1998, my background includes years of homebrewing, a year of brewing research in Europe on a postgraduate grant, stints working in production in breweries, wineries, and a cooperage, over 200 national magazine articles and two books (The Great American Ale Trail, and a new cookbook to be released in 2015), a 55,000-person strong email list (WeeklyPint.com), and a role in successful product design (as co-founder of The Bräuler – Zythos Project). I live, love, and breathe craft beer! Especially sour beer. Consulting Head Brewer I’m pumped to report that brewer Jordan Keeper, formerly of Jester King outside of Austin, Texas has joined the effort, and has just moved to Oregon. We’ve spent the last two weeks wresting with wastewater pumps, cutting the concrete slab apart for our new floor drains, and daydreaming about all the beer to come. I am thrilled to be working with Jordan, whose talents are renowned. We can’t wait to get started working and already have some 20 recipes in development. Your generosity ensures we can get him rolling as soon as possible realizing all our wild ideas. Distribution Shelton Bros., of Belchertown, Massachusetts, will be helping distribute our out-of-state beers. So if you don’t live in Oregon, but you do live close to a good beer bar or bottle shop, you’ll have a chance to drink our beer. Led by my old friend Dan Shelton, who I met at Belgium’s Cantillon brewery back in 1997, Shelton Bros. is known for being the home of the best small and artisanal breweries around the world. We will become one of fewer than 10 American breweries in their ranks, joining Upright, Jolly Pumpkin, Anchorage Brewing Co., and Prairie Artisan Ales, among others. While most Wolves & People beers will be sold from our tasting room for the local Oregon market, being invited into Shelton Bros. distribution family means our beer will be available around the world. Design I bought a used commercial sink from a contractor who said to me “hmm, Wolves & People… interesting name for a brewery—most of us will fit right in!” We think there’s a lot of potential for all the brewery’s artwork to be fun, and original, and to evolve over time as we collaborate with artists and creative minds. I’m working with way-hipper-than-me designers in PDX to create the brand’s identity. One standout talent already on board is Jason Sturgill, who designed our logo (above) using an old Belgian typeface. He’s also worked with the likes of Widmer Bros. and rock bands like Modest Mouse and Portugal The Man (see his awesome T-shirt work below). Collaborations Collab with The Commons The award-winning Commons Brewery in Portland, Oregon has been a huge supporter, including working with us on collaboration beers using their beer and our farm fruit from plums to apples (we also grow figs, pears, and too many other things to list). We recently tasted three such brews that have been aging for a year in oak (sour green apples and plums from our farm; pinot noir from our friends at J.K. Carriere winery). The results: funky miracle! Expect to taste a blend of that beer at our Portland launch party, date TBD in November. Many friends have expressed their excitement to come brew on the farm, including brewers from Boulevard, Evil Twin, Social Kitchen, Roadhouse, The Bruery, and others. We truly envision Wolves & People as a meeting place for beer brains like us, and plan to help nurture the local beer and home brewing scenes however we can. We especially look forward to welcoming visitors during the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, OR in April 2015. Beers in Planning Our Wolves & People beers will focus on an ever-evolving, seasonally-driven cast of farmhouse styles for one main reason: they are quite literally brewed on a farm! We don’t know exactly what we will brew first! Or when the blackberries will peak! But some of our beers in planning include: Coup de Foudre: Meaning “lightning bolt,” or “love at first sight”, a wild golden ale fermented in foudres in the barn and seductively dry-hopped. Sebastian: Dry-hopped saison made with estate yeast “Sebastian”, harvested from our oldest plum tree and aged in pinot barrels for at least 4 months. Later versions will transform with farm fruit additions. Lupercal: Meaning “she-wolf”, this is a refreshing, complex, spruce-tip infused wild ale with fresh lemon peel, subject to a mixed fermentation with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and our house wild yeast, Sebastian. Brutaal: Brutaal, meaning “bold” or “audacious” in Dutch is our homage to De Ranke’s XX Bitter, which is itself a tribute to the original character of Orval, the Belgian pale ale that first captured our founder’s imagination and inspired his love for Brettanomycesbeers. Corylus: Imperial hazelnut stout with Magnum, Columbus, and Mosaic hops aged on estate hazelnuts in a mix of bourbon, port, and sherry barrels; approx 11-12%abv. Landbouw: Meaning “farming” or “agriculture”, this is a dry-hopped, harvest beer based on grisette with a sociably low ABV of around 2.8% ABV.