A little Lando learning for ya.
Lando is Rob's biere de raison d'etre, his concept album, his play toy. The base stays relatively the same: sometimes the grains change, sometimes it has plenty of aged hops, sometimes only a little. The real thing that sets Lando apart, however, is in during aging and blending. Each successive batch is aged in different types of barrels, or on different fruit (1st, 2nd or 3rd use), or made specficially to highlight the constantly evolving mixed culture which makes Lando, Lando. The final stage is to blend in fresh beer before naturally carbonating in bottles or kegs.
Here are the deets on the blends we've done so far, so you can follow along the story which takes place in a galaxy far, far away:
Lando (A) is what started us all in this mess. Beautifully balanced; soft oak, bright funk, cheesy hops.
Lando (C) was aged in Chardonnay barrels from sunny California. In this version, our classic house Saison character blends with a more prominent barrel character, providing an oaky complexity.
Lando (VB) contains a small amount of Lando (A), blended with fresh saison and then matured with mixed field berries harvested from Steckle Heritage Farm. Secondary fermented with a mixed Brett culture from Omega Labs.
Lando (RS) is a blend of two California Chardonnay barrels. One barrel was showing off a little more funk, while one was developing a delightful acidity. Together, with some fresh saison, they are a perfect balance of barrel/oak, with the house saison character.
Lando (PPP) is a blend of three batches of our Lando base. The first portion was open primary fermented on halved peaches, including their pits, including daily punchdowns to encourage maximum extraction. The second portion was aged in second use gin barrels and then matured on peaches, and the third is fresh saison fermented in stainless. (PPP) showcases our base house saison character, with the added fruity complexity of many uses of peach.
Lando (AB) is a blend of two neutral oak barrels (4th use gin, and 3rd use wine to be exact). This blend accentuates the Lando culture of yeast and bacteria in its truest form. You can expect a combination of aromas/flavours from blue cheese, parm rind, earthy/hay, citrus all in one happy, funky family.
Lando (W) is a blend of California Chardonnay barrel aged Sour saisons, dry hopped with Wakatu and Willamette. Citrus, wildflower & floral notes from the hops combine with a slight oaky richness and the quintessential Lando funk.
Lando (F2) was pulled from a second use (stay with us, there's a theme here) Chardonnay oak barrels. We split it in three and sat it on second use strawberries, blackberries, and plums individually. We then blended all three together with some fresh saison just before bottling. The result is by far the fruitiest (read: least Lando) blend yet. The saison character takes a back seat to a round, juicy fruit profile. If you're a fan of our barrel aged fruited sours (G. Lite Foote & Ain't No Sunshine), this blend is for you.
We also have a collection of all the beers we've released here below: