If there's something new to play with, or perhaps unusual, recent history suggests Stu Grant at Ocho will be itching to get his hands on it. And so it is with kveik, a Norwegian farmhouse yeast strain that first passed our lips a couple of months back courtesy of Lightning Axe from Tallboy & Moose. It's a strain that can be pushed to ridiculously high temperatures and can, in turn, fire out pretty dense fruity characters.
In Ocho's case, it's been applied to a mid-strength that's cloudy as all hell and has a rich textural quality for a beer of its size. There's a pretty punch fruit aroma – tropical and a side of pear – and a body that's both pillowy yet light (one concession to the "mid"), plus a decent bitterness from the Centennial and Simcoe hops too. Certainly, a far cry from your common or garden mid-strength.