Great Leap Newsletter: August 2018
Great Leap Newsletter: August 2018
August, 2018

Planet Oedipus 2018

For the second year in a row, Great Leap Brewing is proud to be pouring our beers alongside some of Europe’s greatest breweries at the 2018 Planet Oedipus festival in Amsterdam. Hosted by our good friends at Oedipus Brewing on August 11th and August 12th at NoordOogst in Amsterdam-Noord (North Amsterdam for those of you who missed that mandatory semester of Dutch in school), Planet Oedipus is a festival unlike any other. Located at a lovely cultural city farming project (this means it’s an outdoor festival, people), Planet Oedipus has ample space to incorporate not just beer into their festival, but also music, art, and food.

This is the second time Great Leap Brewing has had the opportunity to attend Planet Oedipus, and for the second year in a row we are also proud to say that not only will we be the only brewery from Mainland China in attendance, but also the only brewery from all of Asia! This year we will be bringing some of our classic beers, such as Cinnamon Rock Ale, Little General IPA, Hop God 120 Imperial IPA, and Imperial Honey Ma, and we will also be showcasing some of our most unique creations from the past couple months, such as our Leaping the Dog Barley Champagne Mimosa, Pianos Filled With Flames, and a keg of our Beat the Landlord Barley Wine Batch 600 Barrel Aged.
In addition to Great Leap Brewing, 20 other craft breweries and 7 home brewers will be pouring their creations at Planet Oedipus this year. There will be some well-known international breweries in attendance, such as BrewDog, Cloudwater, Flying Dog, Lervig, Pohjala, and ToØl, as well as some fantastic microbreweries from the region, such as Brasserie Blaugies, Brasserie de Sulauze, Brouwerij Kees, Labietis, and many others. Apart from that, as mentioned above, there will be multiple bands and DJs playing sets all weekend long, a lot of different options for food, and different artistic performances. If you are in Amsterdam or northern Europe the second weekend of August, this is a festival you certainly shouldn’t miss!

Builder On Brett

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: one of the coolest things about being a craft brewery is the sheer number of ingredients you can incorporate into your beers. From different base ingredients like malts, hops, and yeast, to newer ingredients such as the Sichuan peppercorn, different types of tea, fruits, etc., when you are a craft brewer there really are endless possibilities for creativity. While the recent trend seems to be towards hazy, milkshake (lactose), DDH (double dry-hopped) IPAs injected with various fruit purees, this article is going to touch on a special type of yeast – the ingredient without which beer would not give you that happy feeling after drinking you so lust for.

In particular, we are going to be talking about the use of Brettanomyces yeast (known colloquially in the industry as Brett) in the production of beer. Although existing naturally, the first Brett strain to be classified in beer was Brettanomyces claussenii in 1904 by N. Hjelte Claussen at the Carlsberg Brewery. At the time, he was investigating it as a cause of spoilage in English ales as the “funky, barnyard” characteristics of this yeast strain are often considered undesirable in many styles of beer. Contrarily, this “funkitude” imparted by Brett is also the defining flavor in certain delicious Belgian styles of beer such as Lambic, Gueuze, and even wild Saisons.
There are now multiple strains of Brettanomyces yeast being used in the production of craft beer, but the most common is Brettanomyces bruxellensis, known as Brett B in the biz. Furthermore, these Brett strains are often used in multiple beer styles beyond the historical Belgian beers from which the use of this yeast first became popular. In fact, nowadays “Brett Beer” is an internationally recognized style where the prominent use of Brett can be applied to any base style of beer.
At Great Leap Brewing, we are proud to say that over the last few years at our Great Wall Pilot Brewery, we have been experimenting with different Brett strains in various beers and the first beer we will be releasing from this line is our Builder on Brett. To make this beer, we aged our Wall Builder Imperial Stout in Scotch Whiskey Barrels for 8 months with Brettanomyces Claussenii. The result is a complex beer with layers of chocolate, whisky, and tropical fruit from this unique Brett strain and that finishes at 10.9% ABV.
To celebrate the release of this beer, we will host a special event at our Original Great Leap Brewing #6 Courtyard on Saturday, August 25th starting at 11:30am. Brewmaster and co-founder of Great Leap Brewing, Carl Setzer, as well as Innovation Director Enda Winters will be on site to explain more about the use of Brett in beer as well as give all those who attend a first taste of our Builder on Brett. Tickets are 150rmb and include a taste of our Builder on Brett, a pint of your choosing while you listen to the talk as well as a limited edition 750ml Builder on Brett bottle to take home. You can reserve your spot by emailing Can’t make it to the event? We will also be selling a limited number of our Builder on Brett bottles at both our Original Great Leap Brewing #6 Courtyard as well as our Great Leap Brewing #45 Brewpub for 148rmb per bottle.

New Beers

Lemon Su Kölsch ABV 5.4%

Our Lemon Su Kölsch is the newest member of our Three Su Series. Brewed in the base style of a kölsch, we then infused pineapple, lemon, and Sichuan peppercorns into this brew. With fresh peppercorn aromas, this beer drinks crisp, light, refreshing, and slightly tart and is a perfect beer for the summertime.

1st Tier Prophet ABV 4.9%

Welcome our 1st Tier Prophet, Great Leap Brewing’s newest creation. Served on Nitro, our 1st Tier Prophet incorporates lightly roasted Colombian coffee, Tahitian vanilla, and Styrian General hops. The beer has a beautiful pale, straw color and a strong coffee aroma. The Nitro pour and large dose of fresh vanilla provides a smooth, balanced, and very drinkable beer.