Forager is a new series of draft and (sometimes) 750ml bottled beer, brewed with ingredients harvested by you, the community. Too many trees go unpicked: persimmons, pears, figs, paw paws. Seeds mature into a resplendent harvest, only to go untouched until frost. We hear it all the time: “We have a persimmon tree…but the fruit just falls to the ground and makes a mess.” “Our pear tree produced more than we knew what to do with.” We know what to do with it. Let’s make beer. Let’s ferment what we forage. You can be a part of our amazing group of Foragers, simply by responding to our call for a harvest, which we announce on Facebook, Twitter, and in our newsletter. Depending on how much usable ingredients you bring us, we will give you:
- the market price for your harvest (on a per-pound basis),
- a Forager hat that only fellow Foragers can own, and
- a pint or bottle of the beer when it’s ready.
Of course, the money and beer you receive is contingent on the quality and usability of the harvest. (In other words, a bushel of washed, ripe heirloom pears is worth more than a pail of half-rotten fruit). Again, we pay for the harvest. If you choose not to take money, we will donate your proceeds to one of our favorite local charities, SEEDS.
PAW PAW Belgian-style golden ale
Paw Paw (Asimina triloba) is the largest edible tree fruit native to North America –but you may have never seen one before. The nondescript trees grow in wet, shady groves, often along the banks of rivers. Paw paws taste like mango-meets-butterscotch-meets-banana. In other words, they’re delicious. But the fruit’s notorious short shelf life keeps them from being commercially viable.We forage for wild paw paws around Jordan Lake, and a few North Carolina foragers who know the fruit bring us their harvest.
Most of our paw paws come from the amazing Wynn Dinssen, owner of Full of Life Farms in Chatham County. He’s a modern Johnny Pawpawseed. In the summer of 2011, we collected 75 pounds of native paw paw. That October, we added the fruit to a Belgian-style Golden Ale. The sweet, tropical notes of the paw paw matched up wonderfully with the Belgian Golden’s notes of fruit and spice.
Availability: FALL. 8.1% ABV.