BEER FACTS:

Style : Savage

ABV : 5.6%

IBU :

Yeast : Morrigan 1

Hops : Styrian, Perle, Aramis

Malts : Lager, Pale, Spelt, Melano, Acid

Food Pairings : crisp zesty salads, fresh cheeses, fish, shellfish, grilled chicken and pizza. Lighter, spicy foods like Thai and Vietnamese too.

TASTING NOTES:

Visual: Burnt gold with dense white head

Aroma: Candied citrus and blackberries

Flavour: Lemon zest, fruit of the forest. Funky wild yeast spice. Fermented with our own Roscommon yeast Morrigan 1.

Mouth Feel: Lively carbonation with a, silky dry mouthfeel

Body: Light

THE STORY:

In 2017 Black Donkey initiated a project, the “Wild Yeast Chase” in conjunction with IT Tallaght and Enterprise Ireland, to harvest wild yeast strains from the Roscommon countryside. The goal was to isolate a unique, strain of yeast, indigenous to the locality of the brewery that will become the base for new recipes, which are truly unique to Black Donkey.

Located at Rathcroghan,east Roscommon, is a heritage site extending over 6 square kilometres encompassing national monuments, natural limestone caves, burial mounds and ringforts. The ancient landscape was witness to the rise and fall of great tribes, chieftains and dynastic families. It was home to the great Iron Age Warrior, Queen Medb who ruled all of Connaught from Rathcroghan, and also legendary heroes Battle Goddess Morrigan and the boy hero Cúchulainn.

Work started here last Halloween when we gathered yeast samples from Oweynagat cave, also called ‘Hellsmouth of Ireland’, one of the many natural limestone caves. These samples returned to IT Tallaght where they were isolated, purified and yeast strains identified. The resulting samples were then propagated, monitored, analysed and classified. Three successful strains returned home to Roscommon in early January.

On March 8th 2018 the first viable yeast strain called ‘Morrigan Strain #1’ was used in a pilot batch of Underworld and a full production batch was released as part of the ‘Unhinged’ series in June 2018. Due to unprecedented demand for Underworld we have decided to continue to brew this uniquely Roscommon recipe as the first in our ‘Brewhouse Reserve’ range of beers.

Entrance to the cave at Owenygat

Follow our Facebook live video series which documents the progress of our very own ‘Morrigan Yeast’ – where we literally went to hell and back to introduce a brand new yeast. Wild Yeast Chase