LERVIG’S RACKHOUSE: THOUGHT, TIME AND PATIENCE

Lervig's overarching mission is to produce the best beers in the world, and they have always used this ethos to guide their brewing process. Whether they are brewing beers with high levels of consistency and drinkability, styles they are attempting for the first time, or polarizing extremes that are just too much of everything — they make every one of their products with the same amount of love, care and consideration that you’ve come to expect from Lervig. They like to make beers for everyone to appreciate, and take this approach as far as their ability and creativity will allow them.

Rackhouse is another perspective in their brewing journey where Lervig will focus on the influence of wood on their beers. Products on this side of the brewery will be fermented or aged in barrels, or foeders in an effort to explore both the obvious and subtle dimensions that these vessels can impart on beer. Lervig will provoke your tastes, and challenge their own perception of beer as this project evolves.

They will accomplish this by experimenting with small releases of very special products that will be divided into two main categories: Dark series, and Norwegian cultures.

DARK SERIES

The Dark series is an expansion of unique beers that Lervig have been producing for almost a decade. It will feature Stouts, Quadrupels and English-style barley wines that have spent time in a variety of barrels formerly used to age bourbon, rum, and maple syrup to name but a few. These rich, heavy beers will primarily be fermented in steel before being stowed away in carefully chosen barrels to allow them to fully express the flavour characteristics we wish to feature. As these beers approach maturity, Lervig will discuss blending vintages and wood types, as well as adding ingredients to ensure the final product is as close to their vision as possible. Their years of experience in this area will help them keep one foot planted confidently in well-constructed products while allowing themselves to step in new and exciting directions.

NORWEGIAN CULTURES

The Cultures series will focus mainly on mixed-fermentation sours and saisons, and local flora to explore what fermentation in wood is about. The addition of fruits, locally foraged plants, yeasts and bacteria that are indigenous to Norway are also part of their programme. These beers will reference Lervig's inspirations as brewers, and strive to create balance between the peculiarities of their local cultures, barrel characteristics and attributes from ingredients. These beers will be alive, and continue to develop in the package so that the expression of flavours will transform over time. As their ideas and understanding expand, they hope that coolships, and larger oak tanks will be in their future here. By raising the bar of your expectations from Lervig, they hope to give you a unique experience that you can enjoy today and talk about tomorrow.

BEER LAUNCH & TRADE TASTING

To celebrate the launch of the Rackhouse project, we will be hosting a tap takeover and tutored tasting on the 30th September 2021 at Beer Merchants Tap in Hackney Wick. Join us as we delve into the wonderful world of Lervig and taste familiar favourites and new releases. Spaces are available via this form: https://forms.gle/jbbDNytfG4RJtVDT9