The Wild Beer Co. Modus Operandi

The cats are all hanging out on the couch. They have certain areas that they like to sleep on and they mostly face the window so they can intimidate the birds they see outside. They also like to watch the deer, which happens to be a component of the beer label of our selection tonight.


ABV: 7%

Style: Old Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Barrel aging, blending and using different yeasts, this embraces our love of the unpredictability of wild yeast with the subtlety and complexity of maturation in oak barrels. A study in patience, it takes at least 90 days for the wild yeast to work its magic. Modus Operandi is the perfect accompaniment to red meat and game dishes, such as duck or venison, a beer that could easily replace a red wine on the dinner table.”

Random: I haven’t had venison in a long time. Hopefully I will rectify it this winter.

This beer poured with a quarter of a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass, but instead a small crown on top of the body. The body itself was a hazy mahogany color with a lot of particles floating throughout. There was no carbonation as a result of the cloudiness. The nose was pungent with vinegar sourness and dark fruit, specifically currants and dates. I also picked up some vanilla from the oak. The taste wasn’t as good as the nose. There was less tartness and it presented almost like an aged Balsamic vinegar. There was also a more marked oak quality in the taste that was toasted in vanilla. It still had a touch of the dark fruit, but really needed more currants, dates and figs for balance. The body was thin, especially for the style, with mild carbonation. It had an almost instant finish with toasted wood and vanilla. I just wished that this beer was more sour and had more fruit. It was $7 a bottle, which came to $.58 per ounce. With some minor tweaking, this beer would be outstanding.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The Wild Beer Co. Bliss

On my Monday off, I’ve spent the last 2 plus hours on conference calls. This isn’t the way I wanted to spend my day off, but hopefully I’ll be done soon. Let’s see how this beer was that I picked up from Half Time awhile back.


ABV: 6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We love a Belgian-style Saison but with this blissful version, we’ve added our own Wild interpretation with a dash of funky Brettanomyces yeast plus roasted apricots and a hush-hush blend of spices. This is the sort of beer where study and contemplation is essential, or if you’re hungry, why not try it with chicken jalfrezi or lamb tangine? Rich roasted stone fruit is added to the end of the boil, not the fermentation, giving a big round fruit character but not too much sweetness. This makes for an extraordinary beer with an array of aromas followed by a spicy, tart and peppery palate, creating a long lingering finish.”

Random: I love apricots and apricot nectar. It’s one of my favorite flavors in beer.

This brew poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was quite spicy with a lot of yeast and tartness. The taste was really herbal up front with spruce and earthy spice. Apricots were muted and it also had bready notes. The body was thick for the style with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with herbs and spruce. This beer was definitely interesting. I don’t know if I would revisit it because the flavors were pretty disjointed. I guess if you want a different type of saison, it’s worth a go.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0