Of Wolves & Amber Waves

When we dreamt up Wolves & People the grand vision was as impractical as it is romantic, to build a self-sustaining farmhouse brewery for which many if not most ingredients are grown on site. While we already have access to our great well water, wild yeast, farm-grown filberts, hops, plums, berries, bee hives, and scores of foraged and farmed plants, we started thinking: what if we grew enough suitable barley for malting, too?

It’s a challenging concept on several levels, so last week we consulted with barley and grape farmers, maltsters, & habitat restoration experts on an exciting new project. Working under the guidance of Oregon State Barley Breeding Program professor Dr. Pat Hayes, and with farming support from our family right here on Springbrook farm and neighbors Rex-Hill/A to Wineworks (among others too numerous to list), we’re going to be planting a small area of test rows of various barley varieties a few steps away from the brewery this fall. 

 Goschie Farms Willamette Valley Test Barley Plots

Goschie Farms Willamette Valley Test Barley Plots

The goals are several: 1. further research in Willamette Valley barley farming, especially the “terroir” factor—the emerging idea that site influences flavor. 2. Plant soil-regenerating cover and rotational crops, working to find out which other grains—i.e. spelt, white wheat, and oats—thrive in our clay-rich soil, using dry farming as well as certified Salmon-Safe standards and low-impact pest and weed management. 3. Grow enough of said barley to malt, then brew with in the coming year. Stay tuned for more -- cheers! Pic taken at the beautiful Goschie Farms, Inc.

 Prof Pat Hayes at a test barley research site, Peoria Farms

Prof Pat Hayes at a test barley research site, Peoria Farms

Our First Canned IPA: EL VERSO! 

Limeblossoms, Mosaic, Enigma... mmmm.

Introducing EL VERSO, Batch 1: A hazy farmhouse IPA brewed with foraged linden blossoms in 16oz cans! We crafted this beer with a simple grain bill of pilsner malt, malted wheat, & oats for a nice, juicy texture. Then, in the kettle, we added a heaping harvest of fresh Linden blossoms from farmer Patty Hall of B&P Hill Farm just a few miles from the brewery, on Parrett Mountain. Linden blossom, also known as Lime blossom, is an ancient fragrant tree flower with a pronounced lime perfume character adding a delicate flowery-citrus note to the beer. A nice dosing at the end of the boil with Mosaic hops, along with bountiful dry-hopping of Enigma, Mosaic, and Simcoe makes this beer hugely aromatic, containing little bitterness, and containing maximum flavor! With a mixed Belgian and domesticated yeast culture, El Verso is a supremely quaffable IPA wafting waves of the entire citrus family, orange blossom, and something like a fresh, cold piña colada. Batches two and three of El Verso, each in a new formulation, come later this summer. Come on out! 7% ABV; 12 IBU! $20/4 pack; 1 case limit (24 16oz cans)


KIDS ARE NOW ALLOWED! Great news, minors are now allowed with adult supervision whenever we are open but never after 9pm. We have hot chocolate, root beer, and trail mix for them and you are also welcome to bring your own provisions within reason (uh, no birthday parties, please). Naturally, we require that your kids behave and do not run free among the other patrons who enjoy the tranquility here. The brewery is not a playground. Please keep kids in sight, definitely out of the orchards and brewery production spaces.