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Méthode Traditionnelle

By February 27, 2019No Comments

There’s been a struggle in the American sour beer community for years about what to call beers made in the tradition of lambic – beers that adhere to the collect process of turbid mash, long boil, aged hops, coolship, and spontaneous barrel fermentation – but aren’t made in the Payottenland of Belgium.

Though Lambic isn’t legally protected like Champagne, it’s a culturally protected and revered mark. Simply saying Wild Ale doesn’t really cut it though, especially when so many breweries call beers wild that were fermented with lab bought yeast (all beers called wild at Orpheus are from native wild cultures with no lab bought yeast touching our wild barrels). A group of American brewers, led by Jester King, started working with Cantillon to come up with an acceptable term for an American made gueuze (traditionally a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambic), and settled on Méthode Gueuze. The other Belgian lambic producers didn’t like that though, so the terms Méthode Traditionnelle (MT) and Méthode Traditionnelle 3 year (MT3) were finally agreed upon by all sides.

MT is beer made in the process of lambic, and MT3 year is a blend of 1, 2, and 3 year old MT, in the tradition of gueuze. You can see the MT3 year insignia on the Everything Lasts Forever label. Though we didn’t include it on the labels for I Am Only Memories and Yesternow, they are also MT. The release of 2019 I Am Only Memories will be labeled as such, along with the other MT beers being released going forward.

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