A Note on This Beer
The beer masters at The Referend Bier Blendery rely entirely on the natural world around them to craft their spontaneously fermented Wild Ales.
That means using 100% wild, native yeasts, 100% local grains, and as many other locally sourced ingredients as possible.
Because of this, everything they make tastes like it came straight from a tiny farmhouse in Belgium, only with a delightful New Jersey twist!
Case in point: today’s Juan Gris (2018). This Vin Gris wine-inspired Grisette took years to make, starting in the spring of 2018. First, the base beer fermented in an oak wine barrel for a few months, before the blenders topped it off with skinless, unfiltered Chambourcin red grape juice.
There, Juan Gris fermented with the native cultures until spring 2019 when it entered bottles for one final natural fermentation. 10 months later, Juan Gris was ready to debut its polished, Wild Ale nuances that could rival even the fanciest of table wines.
A beer this elegant should be saved for a special occasion. First, you’ll taste the puckering wash of lemony tartness cut by a subtle stream of sweet grapes. Then come the nuances of oak and a hay-like funk that merge with a dry, vinous character in the refreshingly crisp, light body.
The incredible complexity of The Referend’s beers like Juan Gris are catching the attention of everyone from Hop Culture to The Philadelphia Inquirer. But, now is your chance to be one of only 107 Tavour members to experience this delicacy for yourself.