Dry Dock Brewing Co. Brews High Line Plum Saison-Brett for Beers Made By Walking Festival

by / Wednesday, 21 September 2016 / Published in Brewer's News

This fall, South Dock brewed the High Line Plum Saison-Brett in collaboration with the High Line Canal Conservancy for the Beers Made By Walking Festival!

The Festival

Tuesday, October 4 – Denver Museum of Nature and Science – 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205; 5:30 to 8:30pm
Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites brewers to go on nature hikes, and urban walks, and make new beer inspired by the edible and medicinal plants from the trail. This year Dry Dock created the High Line Plum Saison-Brett for this festival, inspired by the wild plums that grow on the High Line Canal Trail in the suburbs of Denver. This beer was brewed to support the High Line Canal Conservancy, an organization whose mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the High Line Canal, an historic, 71 mile long urban trail running through the Denver Metro area. For more information about this festival, visit beersmadebywalking.com.

The Beer

The High Line Plum Saison-Brett is a mixed culture fermentation utilizing two of our favorite saison yeast strains, our house strain, lactobacillus, and Brettanomyces. It is slightly tart and balanced, crisp, and bubbly with complex earthy notes of candied plums.

We were inspired to make this beer after hearing mention of wild plums (prunus americana) growing on a section of the High Line Canal Trail off Plum Creek near the Chatfield Reservoir. Prunus americana can be found in many areas along creeks and rivers on the Front Range up to 6,000 feet elevation. The shrubby trees are 10-15 ft tall with beautiful white blooms in the spring and fruit colored in yellow, red, and purple. They are fantastic to eat, ranging from tart to candy-sweet, almost jam-like.

High Line Plum Saison-Brett will tap at South Dock on Friday, October 7 at 10am. It will be available while supplies last.

The Cause

The mission of the Conservancy is to preserve, protect and enhance the 71-mile legacy Canal — in partnership with the public. The Conservancy was formed in 2014 by a passionate coalition of private citizens to provide leadership and harness the region’s commitment to protecting the future of the High Line Canal. With support from each jurisdiction and in partnership with Denver Water, the Conservancy is connecting stakeholders in support of comprehensive planning to ensure that the Canal is protected and enhanced for future generations. Learn more at highlinecanal.org.