We're collaborating with North Pier Brewing! The overall idea: brew unique beers that incorporate the fruits and vegetables harvested locally at Live Station Farm using our sustainable farming practices.
We are excited to release the first beer in this new series: Aster Bloom, a Rustic Harvest Ale that uses Honey and Sunchokes.
“In ancient Greek, Aster means star and this native perennial is truly a sun plant. As the summer solstice begins and the sun is at its strongest point, Aster breaks from its long dormancy and emerges as soil temperatures begin to rise. It is highly efficient at capturing the sun’s energy, growing upwards of 13 ft. tall in only a few months. As the plant grows upwards, moving in the direction of the sun, the flower shape mimics the sun and stars. As the sun begins to fade in the fall, it flowers and thousands of pollinators visit the immense aster bloom, harvesting the pollen to create food stores for the winter.
At Live Station Farm we grow Aster, using the root called Sunchokes, and raise honeybees who feed on the Aster flower to make honey. These two ingredients have a symbiotic relationship and for this beer we utilized the entire plant and pollen in the beer making process. The Sunchokes were pit fired in the soil at the farm where they once grew, mimicking the sun and giving way to smoked charred notes.” Steve Zieverink, Live Station Farm
"While walking the farm, spitballing ideas for a collaboration beer with Steve Zieverink from Live Station Farms, we were drawn to the idea of using not just a single item from the farm to focus on, but using multiple items that have a unique relationship to each other. We decided to create a beer to focus on the relationship of how this plant and insect need each other to flourish.
After using a pit fire to roast the sunchoke root, we were able to blend them with our malted grains in the Mash Tun to impart a subtle roasted and nutty flavor to the beer...
Coming full circle, we used the honey harvested from the hives at Live Station Farm, which not only adds a great deal of unique honey aromas but also completes the life and growth cycle of the Aster flower. The honey’s aromas are delicate, but it imparts subtle floral and earthy notes to the beer.
We decided to match this profile with a centuries old ale strain from Norway which creates a fantastic orange-like citrus aroma that blends nicely with the floral and earthy notes of the honey and leaves a clean canvas for the malt and sunchokes to shine through on the tongue. We took great care to showcase these special ingredients while creating this interesting, drinkable 8.2% Strong Rustic Harvest Ale." Steve Disasio, Head Brewer