Filson & Stillwater are cut from the same cloth. Both creating products deeply rooted in tradition while constantly innovating throughout the changes of time. So to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Filson, we decided to break down the history into 5 unique beers, each representing a significant era of the catalogue. The first two are as follows…
Filson Rustic Gold IPA
Starting with a crisp blend of pale golden malts and premium, hand selected hops from the Pacific Northwest. A standard foundation for most West Coast style IPAs, but to take us back in time and to dig deeper into the history of the PNW, we pulled inspiration from the Scandinavian immigration / influence during the turn of the 19th century. Kveik, a robust Nordic farmhouse yeast that was often dried after use for storage or passed to others like a bread starter. It’s a vigorous fermenter that produces unique citrus esters that we found to compliment the fresh pine and grapefruit notes of the hops. After fermentation, the beer is dry-hopped and packaged unfiltered for a bold rustic hop experience.
Filson Maritime Gose
The historic German Gose style dates all the way back to the year 1000, but it wasn’t until the 1700’s that it gained any popularity. A slightly sour ale that consisted mostly of wheat and incorporated a light addition of sea salt. The style over time has come and gone, but the last decade saw a resurgence of the style throughout America and given its use of sea salt, seemed like the proper style to commemorate the Maritime era of Filson. For construction, we conduct an overnight souring process to the base before returning to the Kviek to complete fermentation. A tart wheat base with notes of citrus, pine & fresh grass and a dry, clean finish of pure Pacific Northwest harvested sea salt evoke elements of both land and sea.