Wunderkammer Bier | Volume Two – Bufo
Ale brewed with lichen, mushrooms, some sticks and leaves, as well as other typical materials. Fermented in an oak barrel.
375ml | $9.99
From brewer/owner Vasili:
What is a Wunderkammer?
The word roughly translates into ‘curiosity cabinet’ in German, and describes a contained collection of art, artifacts and specimens. It was like a personal museum for fascinating objects from nature, human history or other endeavor. This is where the aesthetic of the natural history museums and art galleries originated.
Like it’s namesake, I attempt to bring together a collection of beers that is based on my curiosity and fascination with the world. Like our experience in the world, each beer is a one time only event, produced in small batches.
Create great beers that are unique experiences. Collaborate with friends. Go on walks and see stuff. Grow a garden full of things. Have fun and be creative.
Volume two, bufo
The word is from the Latin name for all amphibians in the toad family (Bufonidae) ‘true toads’. I chose this name after the small toads I see hopping around in lawns and forests, blending in with the pinecones and dried leaves until they have to jump out from underfoot!
My goal was to make a beer that tasted like a Fall walk in the woods; chilly but bright, rich and earthy, dry and delicate.
I picked reindeer lichen and turkey tail mushrooms from woods around my house and other well trod paths, and mashed and boiled them with a light smoked amber wheat base. For beer-geek points, I made a base beer loosely based on Gratzer, a defunct Polish smokey, sour style of wheat beer.
- Appearance- copper/orange
- Aroma- floral, rose, earth
- Flavor- bight herbal notes with complex smoke and malt flavor
- Mouthfeel- dry and tart with malt nuance
- Alcohol content is low
Wunderkammer Bier | 403 Hill Rd., Greensboro Bend, VT 05842