Village Gardener is a nod to all those that get their hands dirty to make their community a better place. This community involved ale is brewed with locally collected hops from Calgary community gardens and Alberta grown and malted barley from Red Shed. Celebrate the harvest with this year's Village Gardener Dutch style Kuit ale.
BITTERNESS: 32 IBU
HOPS: Fresh Hops from Community Gardens
MALT: Rahr 2-Row, Redshed Penhold Wheat, Red Shed Oat Malt
The Dutch Kuit is traditionally a malt-forward beer, brewed with fresh local hops and top-fermenting yeast. It consists of 45% oat malt, 20% wheat malt and 35% pale barley malt. We used locally grown hop cones from Calgary Community Gardens for our bittering addition. These provide notes of pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, watermelon, and stone fruit for an overall medium bitterness and hop aroma. While not tradional for a Dutch Kuit, we wanted to add a twist to the style. The oat malt and wheat malt came from our friends at Red Shed malting providing the haziness in the beer. The oat malt provides a rich oat flavour, toasty granola, velvety, creamy, silky smooth body and great head retention. The Penhold wheat provides a soft, crisp, flavour while enhancing the body of the beer. The 2-Row from our friends at Rahr provides a clean, smooth, grainy characteristic. The appearance is hazy, deep harvest gold. Last, but definitely not least, we used Escarpment Labs Lærdal Kveik top-fermenting yeast. This yeast pairs perfectly with our hops complimenting them with pineapple and orchard fruit esters.