FOXBIC 5 6%
An ongoing collaboration between Oliver's and wild brewers Gen & Jonny Mills has helped shape their combined approach to fermentation and blending, influencing each other in fermentative ways.
Foxbic Five is a spontaneously fermented blend of turbid wort and juice from the inimitable Foxwhelp bitter-sharp apple, revered for its laser-like acidity, raspy tannin, and aromas of strawberry and raspberry. This iteration was made using the turbid mash method in the style of traditional Lambic producers. The wort was fermented with Foxwhelp juice in old oak barrels for 10 months.
The resulting blend was dry-hopped with German-grown, whole-cone Brewers Gold before conditioning in-bottle for a year. The finished drink has wonderful poise, balancing the acid and tannin of the apple with the sweetness of the grain, cut through with farmyard funk and the Brewers Gold wafting over the smells of summer. Abv 6.0%
The aim always was to create a drink that gave the same buzz and hopefully experience in the mouth that drinking lambic or gueuze does.