Reuben's Brews Aeir (2020)
What the brewers say
Spontaneously inoculated with wild yeast and microflora native to our Ballard neighborhood. Ferments in oak for at least a year before being blended.
What our panel thought
Initial impression of Canadian bacon and pineapple pizza—kind of savory, smoky, underlying tropical notes—and herbal, yeasty, with light hay-and-earth funk. In the flavor, moderate acidity, with low sweetness, light herbal-grassy bitterness. Funky, Brett-forward. Complexity across the board. Wonderful balance.
What our editors thought
Cantaloupe-honeydew nose, punctuated by rind and wood undertones. Intensely Brett-forward sip, with a strong bitterness that overpowers softer fruit notes. Austere and overwhelming, despite the light body.