BentSpoke Brewing Co
"Budding Cells is a newly created beer series which focuses on all our barrel-aged beers, and Flemm is the first beer to be released under the new Budding Cells series," said brand manager Jen Moffatt.
To be more precise about its description, "Flemm is our Flanders red ale, brewed at our Cannery and BrewPub," Jen explained.
Flemm is available on tap and in cans, but there's a more interesting backstory as to how this new variety came to be.
"On a trip to Belgium and a guided tour of the famous Rodenbach brewery, Rich and Tracy, the head brewers and founders of BentSpoke, fell in love with the Flanders Red style of beer.
"Brewed with wild yeast and lactobacillus to create complexity and acid," the process also requires "extended maturation in oak for over 12 months. The beer is blended with an aged unoaked version and a younger unoaked version to balance the acid and add vibrance to the beer. It's best enjoyed in a tulip glass with some soft cheese.
"They came up with the name Flemm, as it was a local farmer they met in Belgium sitting at the bar in a local brasserie who made them feel welcome and made sure they got the right beer. So this beer is an ode to him."
With an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 5.0 percent and an IBU (international bitterness units) rating of 22 percent, the tasting notes for Flemm read like this:
- Toffee, malty notes with plum, raisin, and prune fruity esters. Simple tannins and lacto and acetic acids create a very complex beer. The burgundy of beer.
Budding Cells also has an interesting story of its own. It's the new offshoot label by BentSpoke Brewing Company dedicated to barrel-ageing and mixed-culture fermentation. "The name comes from the unique processes at play when they lay beers down to rest in barrels at their Mitchell brewery, leaving the wild yeast and bacteria to work their magic," Rich and Tracy said.
"This ancient brewing technique relies on wild yeast cells budding and multiplying and consuming the oxygen, which in turn encourages the bacteria to sour and flavour the beer."
You can read the full story at bentspokebrewing.com.au/pages/buddingcells.
Meanwhile, head to BrewPub in Braddon to try Flemm along with many other unique Canberra flavours.
At Braddon BrewPub you'll find 18 varieties of beer and cider at any one time, all brewed on their premises. There's even a new gluten-friendly ginger beer.
The BentSpoke collection can also lay claim to multiple awards, two of the most recent being Crankshaft winning the number one spot in GABs Hottest 100 in 2020, along with Sprocket winning a trophy at the Australian International Beer Awards 2021 for Best Traditional IPA.
You can also get a good feed. Their "modern take on the classic pub menu features dishes which incorporate beer, brewing ingredients and highlight great local produce."