For the second time ever, we're releasing a batch of Feral Dampf — our farmhouse Dampfbier brewed in collaboration with Local Option in Chicago, Illinois.
Feral Dampf is a play on a beer made by Local Option called Dampf Loc, which is inspired by the centuries-old, Bavarian tradition of Dampfbier. Literally meaning “steam beer”, Dampfbier was known for producing lots of foam or krausen during fermentation, which made it appear as though the beer were boiling or steaming.
For Feral Dampf, we brewed a medium strength beer with well water, Texas grain, and a light dose of organic Fuggle hops. We chilled the wort overnight in our coolship, then primary fermented it in stainless steel with our mixed culture, we then aged it in neutral oak barrels for about six months. Finally, we naturally conditioned it in bottles and kegs.
The final beer is a meld of minerality from our well water, rustic grains, wild fermentation character, and a light layer of toasted oak.
Feral Dampf is available onsite and online (https://bit.ly/3K8iVXc) starting today, 2/16/23 at 2pm CT. We have about 2,000 bottles available. Shipping/delivery illegal in Texas.
Artwork by Joshua Cockrell. Photo by Regan Vaca.