Our Southern Woodpile Program focuses on mixed culture fermentation using wine and spirit barrels, foeders, and amphorae. Using both art and science, we blend southern influences with traditional farmhouse and sour fermentation.
Wandering Woodpile Project
A traveling, draft-only, side project in our Southern Woodpile Program.
Find these small batch, one-time, releases in our taproom and in select accounts across Georgia.
“Sour, funky, saison-like beers have long been attractive to me, so naturally I’m drawn to the historical context and rustic nature of old world fermentation methods. Modern methods in stainless steel vessels tend to produce a consistent and reliable product and each new batch starts with a clean slate, but barrel fermentation establishes a resident culture that evolves and changes with each use. The spontaneity, and unpredictable nature of an “unplugged” fermentation produces a sensory experience unique to our wild yeast program.
Every beer released from this project takes six months to a year to make. There’s an art to barrel aging beer. There are only so many factors you can control, and you have to let the beer speak for itself— it’ll let you know when it’s done and every beer is a little bit different. When I’m happy with the level of acidity and wild yeast expression, and confident that the beer isn’t going to get any better the project is ready to be released. “
- Jon “Barrel Boss” Doss