THE OPEN WORK BOTTLE SET - Riesling / Chardonnay
2 500ml THE OPEN WORK RIESLING + 2 500ml THE OPEN WORK CHARDONNAY:
It has long been our dream to make world-class lambic-inspired spontaneous ales. We are proud to present the the 3rd and 4th iterations of our Open Work series - The Open Work Chardonnay and The Open Work Riesling! We named this series The Open Work because its fermentation begins by exposing the wort to the open brewery air, inviting chance and serendipity to play its part; but also because The Open Work is a metaphor for Grimm itself, an exploratory inquiry into the unknown. These beers are a timely reminder of the ability of complex organic systems to find their own natural balance.
Brewed with a traditional turbid mash of 70% pilsner malt and 30% raw wheat and boiled for 4 hours with aged hops, inoculated solely with our brewery air, and blended from casks of different ages and characteristics, The Open Work is our highest expression of respect for the near-forgotten brewing tradition that lets nature unfold without intervention, revealing its complexity and beauty.
The Open Work Riesling is conditioned on riesling grapes from the Finger Lakes, harvested in September and macerated in whole clusters with skin and stem contact. It is quenching, refreshing, and zippy - delicate floral aromas give way to notes of lemon zest and honey, with a dry, tannic finish.
The Open Work Chardonnay follows the same processes with chardonnay grapes grown on Long Island. To pair with the stronger aromatics of the chardonnay, we selected barrels with more distinct brett-driven funk. The resulting blend leads with notes of apricot and leather, fading into a long finish with a bitter undercurrent of savory aged hops.
Both beers are 7% ABV.