Sir Isaac Newton once wrote “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." As an all-sour beer company starting out in a thriving craft beer revolution, this quote has struck a chord in our hearts.
Take a moment to think about your favorite craft beer, your most memorable brewery visit, and the friends you’ve met through your shared interest in craft beer. The craft beer revolution that we enjoy today has grown and flourished through the hard work, passion, and dedication of the brewers and pioneers who paved the way for those of us who are starting breweries today. We have the utmost respect for those who have come before us and shaped the amazing craft beer industry that we have today.
In honor of those who have contributed immensely to the growth of craft beer, we started a collaborative series of beers, called “On the Shoulders of Giants”. In this series, we will collaborate with a person (a.k.a. a “giant”); someone who has significantly and positively changed the landscape of beer. In our first installment of On the Shoulders of Giants in 2014, we collaborated with our “giant”, Pete Slosberg. Now, we are beyond thrilled to announce that Lauren Woods Limbach is joining us as our next giant!
Lauren is one of the pioneers of sour beer in America, and in our humble opinion, one of the most talented sour beer blenders in the world. She currently manages the wood cellar program at New Belgium, but her career in beer started off when she joined the New Belgium crew back in 1997. She quickly worked her way from assistant into many different production jobs, but she eventually found a real passion for sensory and wood-barrel aged beers. Diving in head first, she developed their extensive sensory lab and managed the lab for about 13 years while also guiding a lot of the experimental beers NBB was making. Of the many amazing beers that she’s created and blended over the years, her dry-hopped sour (Le Terroir) sparked our now 5 year adventure in making hoppy sour beers. Our paths first crossed with Lauren around 2011, when she was Jay’s instructor for a sensory class at the Siebel Institute. Jay quickly realized that in addition to Lauren’s expert understanding of flavors and beer, she was also a pretty awesome person. Over the years since then, we’ve had the privilege to blend beers with her, learn extensively about barrel aging beer, call her up when we have challenges, crash on her couch, and maybe most importantly… grow our relationship to where we’re stoked to call each other friends.
In the 2 years that Lauren and us spent crafting On The Shoulders Of Giants, she decided that she wanted to create a beer with a sense of place… particularly Athens, Georgia, where she grew up. Lauren’s iteration of On The Shoulders Of Giants is a blend of golden sours aged in oak barrels with peaches and jasmine pearl tea. The peaches of course being a nod to the state of Georgia, and the jasmine as a nod to the to the whiff of jasmine she’d smell when going in out of the house she grew up in. The resulting beer has a balanced and delicate jasmine floral aroma with an explosion of juicy peach flavors.
Lauren - Thank you for being a pioneer of American sour beer, blending the amazing sours that you have blended and will blend, for taking the time to teach us when we ask questions, and for being an all around awesome person. You. Rock. If we have seen further it is by standing on your shoulders.
Jay, Alex, & Brad