The Local Series sources grains and hops from New York, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts.
Peak Organic Co-Founder, Jon Cadoux, explains that the motivation behind doing the series was to pick out the intricacies of each states terroir.
“We have always noticed that the ingredients we sourced locally carry terroir,” he said. “Barley from Maine has a wonderful and distinct flavor profile, and different from the barley we get in Massachusetts for instance.”
But for Cadoux, it’s working so closely with the farmers that is most rewarding.
“We are really blurring the lines between a brewer and a farmer,” he said. “It’s a lot of work but also a ton of fun. The key here is working with the farmers so they want to continue growing these ingredients.”
Each beer is made using only ingredients from the specific state listed on the label. Cadoux said the recipe is the exact same in each beer, only where the ingredients are grown varies.
“The beers were designed to be hop forward and it actually came out more malt forward because these local grains have an heirloom quality,” he said. “The grains really shine. You can definitely tell the differences on both the grain and the hop sides of the beer.”
A 50 barrel batch of each brew was made, and the beers will reach most of Peak’s markets. Each offering will be priced in-line with other special releases from the company.