W&L NO. 032: ARCHIE
a grisette with foraged Douglas Fir tips
Using foraged ingredients that reflect the environs of the Northwest is part and parcel to our brewing philosophy. One of our personal favorite examples was a beer from last year featuring the distinctive notes of Larch tips, and for today’s Windward and Leeward creation, we experimented with a similar ingredient.
Archie started as Gertie, our light and easy-drinking grisette, and was then steeped with fresh young Douglas Fir tips foraged near Fall City. When these bright green tips emerge in the springtime, they have a bright, piney-citrus flavor. After steeping and naturally conditioning with Meadowfoam honey, Archie bursts with bold notes of lemon-lime shrub, lemon balm, and resinous evergreen.
Conifers are undeniably emblematic of the Pacific Northwest, and drinking this beer will remind you of taking a stroll through old-growth giants in late springtime – no need to even tie up your hiking boots!