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What is a Blendery

 

A blendery is a different approach to making beer. Most beer that you are familiar with, has been made in almost an assembly line process. The testament of a good brewer is the not the ability to make a great beer once, but the ability to make the same great beer consistently.

 

A blendery, in contrast, makes many diverse beer components with the intention of blending those components to create a final product.  These components might not taste good or balanced on their own but when they are combined in certain proportions, you’re able to achieve something that couldn’t be achieved through standard brewing practices.
 

Making beer can be divided into two main steps: brewing (also called wort production)  and fermentation. Wort production, is the combination and processing of all the ingredients in beer (malted grains, water, hops) into a sugary liquid called wort.   In fermentation, yeast consumes the sugars in the wort and creates the byproducts we know so well about beer, alcohol and carbon dioxide (bubbles).

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A beer blendery doesn’t have wort production equipment of its own, but instead contracts out this first step from another brewery, and performs the rest of the production, including fermentation, blending, and packaging, on its own premises.   Eliminating the wort production equipment from the premises  allows the blendery to focus its energy and attention on longer, better, and more complex fermentations, while reducing equipment and infrastructure costs.

 

Those of you more familiar with brewing and blending may want to know that under the overarching approach of blending we have a strong inclination towards a number of processes such as mixed fermentation, spontaneous fermentation, barrel-aging, and the expression of terroir. However we do not hold an absolute adherence to any of these concepts or processes.  Through our beers, and likely several blog posts, we intend to explore and show the facets and deficiencies of these and other processes and concepts.