For those who haven’t heard the news, the Famille Rue is basically splitting into two entities: The Bruery and Bruery Terreux (aka earthy brewery). The former will be the home of your Black Tuesday and barrel-aged stouts and such, and the sour and wild part of the family tree will have its own place.
Phase one of the transformation started on April 22 when Bruery Terreux released the first branded beers under their label. The change will be complete later this year when Terreux gets its own tasting room separate from Bruery orginal.
All of the beer will start its life at the same brewhouse (on a new system no less) but the Terreux beers will be shipped to the new location for fermentation, aging and bottling/kegging, including beers like Hottenroth Berliner Weisse, Oude Tart, Tart of Darkness, Rueuze and Sour in the Rye.
More exciting are the new beers that will be released through the year, including:
Beret – “an imperial sour wit beer, fermented in oak with raspberries added for just a hint of fresh fruit flavor before bottling. Balanced, fruity, and bright, this will be a delicious addition to shelves and draft faucets near you.”
Gypsy Tart – “our version of a classic Flanders-style brown ale, or Oude Bruin as one might say. A malty, brown ale fermented in stainless steel with just enough of our souring bacteria and yeast to give it a hint of tartness, while maintaining its natural, malty, brown sugar-like sweetness.”
Humulus Terreux – “our final year-round offering from Bruery Terreux. This one is a bit of an amalgamation of what we love about beer. It’s a riff on a country-style blonde ale fermented with Brettanomyces and a heap of dry hops at the end for a fresh, lemony zing.”
Keeping with the Bruery theme, your Beer of the Week is Saison Rue, another core beer in the new Terreux line. A beer that is often overlooked in favor of beers with cocoa nibs or high alcohol. But Saison Rue is a classic, simple beer and if it hadn’t found an audience, who knows where Terreux would be now.
Speaking of new, your Homework is keep your eyes peeled for news on Arts District Brewing. Why? Because they have made a splashy hire for head brewer in Devon Randall who was previously at Pizza Port in Solana Beach. She has Great American Beer Festival medals to her credit and will be brewing a wide variety of styles for the new DTLA brewery headed by Brian Lenzo of Blue Palms Brewhouse and the 213 Hospitality group.
Find more of Sean Inman’s writing on his blog, Beer Search Party.