This beer is a three-way collaboration between Uiltje, Siren Craft Brew from the UK and Italian brewery Vento Forte.
I must admit I hadn’t heard of this Italian brewery before, but they started back in 2013 and the name translates as ‘strong wind’!
A surfer who had found a love for IPAs during a trip to California decided to start homebrewing and then went commercial. Guess his beers must go alright if he’s invited to a collab. with UIltje and Siren though.
The beer was made for the ‘Freshfest’ beer festival hosted by the UIltje team, where the trio brewed up is a Double Dry-Hopped (DDH) Brut IPA which was then aged in white oak chips.
Hopped with American hops, there is a definite fruit sweetness in behind the firm bitterness. The ‘Brut’ element refers to the use of a ‘champagne-like’ yeast which eats up virtually all of the sugars. It leads to a very crisp, dry finish with the pleasant lingering bitterness.