I was immediately excited about what Steve and Amanda are up to. We met through a friend, and before I knew it I was agreeing to film their story.
And it’s a wonderful story, with a delicious end result!
Many of you out there enjoy a good beer. If you’re gluten sensitive, perhaps you’ve switched to hard cider. Or maybe you’re one of the rarer birds that doesn’t do alcohol at all. Well, I’m somewhere in the middle. I’ve never been much of a drinker, but I adore all artisanal foods and beverages. Old Growth Ales is making some of the most unique beverages you will ever have the pleasure of sipping. If you’re going to drink beer anyway, it may as well be awesome for you. And if you’re not, you’ll still definitely want a small glass of this stuff - for your health! OGA creates small batch ferments (ales, meads, cysers, melomels, metheglins, etc.) using regional medicinal wildcrafted plants, seasonally. It couldn’t be cleaner, fresher or more local than this.
Inspired by humanity’s long history of enjoying certain plants preserved as alcoholic beverages, Steve and Amanda are bringing back Old World recipes and keeping these traditions fully alive, ongoing, and evolving. We moderns are very lucky to be able to enjoy the results - on tap from their mobile brew truck!
Here’s a few words that didn’t make it into the film:
Steve: “We could just brew beer and brew a traditional type of ale and pass that along. It’s not as rewarding as brewing things that have a place associated with them, this place-based type of brewing that we’re doing, bioregional I’m calling it, where I’m really getting to know the plants of this region and developing a strong relationship with them, then encouraging other people to do that.”
Amanda: “If it wasn’t for our business we would be doing it for ourselves and our friends, and that’s how it started, because we just can’t help it. It’s part of my human nature to go out with the seasons, harvest the plants and prepare them into medicine to be able to use them throughout the year. It helps me stay in touch with the cycles of nature, the outdoors, with the changes from year to year, from season to season, what’s happening. Every year is different, this nettle harvest looked very different from last year’s.”
Have a look for yourself…