This week Amanda is back in New York at LIC Beer Project with Damon and Thomas. From the outside you’d have no clue there was a brewery lurking behind the door. Inside you’ll find beers focused on farmhouse ales and other Belgian styled beers. This is due, in part, because LIC feels these beers are underserved in the area. But like all passionate brewers, they’re brewing what they love to drink. Get ready to take a swim in their coolship and succumb to some complex, spontaneous fermentation.
Making the Trek to LIC
LIC Beer Project harkens back to pre-industrialal era. Off the beaten path, you definitely have to track down the innocuous building that houses the brewery and tap room. Once inside you’ll find a space with tons of reclaimed wood and oak barrels. And, of course, the bar serving beer. Particularly of the sour and funky farmhouse variety. This is inspired by Dan’s time stumbling around Europe with a vibe similar to happening upon a nice, clean bar in Belgium.
Ardent Core – Flagship farmhouse ale. Easily drinkable, clean and dry.
Silent Vixen – (fall saison) – aged on orange rinds. Lagered for a month. No residual sugars.
Bière de Garde: (“beer for keeping”) These beers were originally brewed in farmhouses during the winter and spring, to avoid unpredictable problems with the yeast during the summertime. Farmhouse production is now supplemented by commercial production, although most Bière de Garde brewers are small businesses.
Typically, beers of this tradition are of a copper colour or golden colour, and as the name suggests the origins of this style lies in the tradition that it was matured or cellared for a period of time once bottled (and most sealed with a cork), to be consumed later in the year, akin to a Belgian Saison.
Coolship: a type of fermentation vessel used in the production of beer. Traditionally, a coolship is a broad, open-top, flat vessel in which wort cools.The high surface to mass ratio allows for more efficient cooling.Contemporary usage includes any open fermentor used in the production of beer, even when using modern mechanical cooling techniques.
Beer Memories With LIC
If you want to make some of your own beer memories make sure you stop by LIC’s tap room. You can find their beers in a number of bars and restaurants, but stopping by the brewery is a surefire way to pick up some memory makers of your own. Now would be a perfect time, as they’re having a can release on the 18th!