A counterpoint to the lighter gold beer, Wildflower’s Amber leans on a longer boil in order to generate its copper colour and a slightly sweeter, more robust malt body. Once it’s been through fermentation with the house yeast it’s transferred to oak barrels where the yeast really goes to town, producing funky and fruity characters up front and a lingering sourness. But the key, as with a lot of things in life, is balance. And that is in large part due to the art of blending and being able to integrate the flavours in such a way that the finished product it far easier to drink than it perhaps ought to be. With the way the Amber contrasts the Gold, it’s easy to think people will have automatically favour one of the two core Wildflower beers but each has its own place. Ideally that’s at the table during a meal where the different characters of the two beers can compliment different courses.
- Australian Wild Ale