Meet the Four Headed Wooly Mammoth from Southern Tier Brewing
Southern Tier Brewing Co. announced today that beginning January 2016 it will release Four Headed Wooly Mammoth, a Belgian Style Quad Ale as its first beer in the Cellar Vault Series.
Four Headed Wooly Mammoth, a massive 11% ABV Belgian Quad, is brewed with Dark Belgian Candi Syrup (Kandijstroop Donker) in the boil, which provides notes of anise, dark chocolate, caramel & toasted bread. Candi Syrup, a traditional brewing ingredient in Belgium, also adds a dark hue and a complex Belgian character to the brew, which is fermented with Belgian Abbey Yeast. Having taken more than a dozen trips to Belgium, Sean Lavery, VP of Operations, yearned to brew one of the “treat” beers that he enjoys during his travels. This brilliant garnet-red beer is true to style with its warming 11% ABV, which is balanced perfectly with caramel, dark sugar & malty sweet flavors.
Quality Manager, Matt Dunn describes the Quad as a “big, bad brew in both alcohol content and flavor,” which is how the Cellar Vault Team came up with the beer’s unique title. “We wanted to brew something that we didn’t already make; something huge and unique. We wanted something we’d crave after our shifts. This Belgian behemoth checked all of those boxes, so we were psyched to get to work on it,” notes Lead Creative Brewer, Jason Hitchcock.
The Cellar Vault Series is described as “VERY rare.” CEO John Coleman states that these brands will be “very limited release and allocated to select markets on draught-only.” Also noting “They’re brewed in our 30bbl Pilot Brewhouse, by our Cellar Vault Team because we believe that ‘Craft is the Endless Pursuit of Creativity.’”
ABOUT THE CELLAR VAULT SERIES
The Cellar Vault Series concept was born out of a challenge from Southern Tier founder, Phin DeMink. Brewing, Cellar and Quality teams submitted recipe ideas for limited-edition, well aging beers they wanted to brew. In addition to Phin, the Cellar Vault’s first team includes Quality Manager Matt Dunn, Quality Lead Karen Stangl, VP of Operations Sean Lavery, Lead Creative Brewer Jason Hitchcock & Brewer Geoff Burgess. They’ll be producing five limited-release beers over the next 9-12 months and then handing the reigns to the next team. Their first beer: the Four Headed Wooly Mammoth. Their next beer: a Sour Ale brewed with Riesling grape juice.
Company: Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Contact: Zach Thoren