Wild Beer Co reveals 2018 series of collaboration projects

The Wild Beer Co has revealed a series of collaboration projects for the year ahead.

The producer has announced the partners for this year’s cask collaborations will be Magic Rock, Left Handed Giant, Fullers and Ignition Brewery from the UK, as well as Budvar from the Czech Republic and Brooklyn Brewery in the US.

The partnerships will all fall under the heading of The Cellarman Project – Wild Beer Cask Collaborations, and the projects will work across blending and barrel ageing.

Brewer, Russell Sykes, said: “Collaborations provide us, as brewers, with opportunities to share knowledge and experiences; develop and refine our skills; and further expand our horizons. So in choosing our collaboration partners, we have not been constrained by geography, size or market segmentation. Instead, we have sought out those whose ethos and passion we share, who will push our boundaries and their own and who believe great cask beer is worth investing in.

“It is also about highlighting the importance of how we not only produce our beer but how we look after it and maintain it once it rests I the venues cellar.”

He continued: “Each of the beers produced in this series will bring something wildly different to the market. Each will be a unique sum of the parts brought into the collaboration, the combination of our ideas and identities at this moment in each brewery’s development.”

The Somerset-based Left Handed Giant is the most local brewer to the Wild Beer Co. Sykes said: “We respect their beers, and are just good friends, so it was an obvious choice.”

Magic Rock is “still a big champion of cask beer in the UK, leaders in innovation and again great friends”. This projects marks Wild Beer’s second collaboration with the Huddersfield-based brewer.

Ignition Brewery takes “a wildly different approach to beer and brewing, which can yield amazing results”. Ignition works on a social enterprise model to provide employment to people with learning difficulties.

Sykes noted that Wild Beer has “huge respect” for Fuller’s, and he noted its Gales Prize Old Ale has been an inspiration to its flagship beer Modus Operandi, and a beer that marks Fuller’s out as “one of the original ‘craft’ beer companies”.

Budvar was one of the names that came up in the “who would we want if we could have anyone” conversation, Sykes said, while the Brooklyn Brewery partnership came about following a conversation between Wild Beer’s Brett Ellis and Brooklyn’s Garret Oliver, described as “one of the Godfathers of the modern craft scene”.

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