The brew house at Kane is far removed from the primitive breweries on the self sustaining farms of old world Belgium, but the roots of Cloud Cover, a farmhouse wheat ale inspired by the rustic beers brewed a hundred years ago and more, are firmly planted there.
In the 21st century you can find strict style guidelines for every beer category, but the style of these farmhouse batches was determined by brewing conditions, personal preference of the farm hands it was brewed for, and the ingredients at hand. But because we have just about any ingredient we can think of a phone call away, we opted for a combination of traditionally inspired malts and spice additions and a bit of a modern flair in the form of Japanese Sorachi Ace hops.
Cloud Cover is dry and refreshing yet still full of complexity. A malt bill that includes imported Pilsner, red wheat and rye creates a light body that has layers of flavor. Coriander and both sweet and Curacao orange peel in the boil capture the familiar flavors of a wit, but at the understated levels more common to the sparing spice additions of the farmhouse brewery. In both aroma and flavor, the bright lemon notes typical of Sorachi Ace hops complement the soft peppery spice of the saison yeast.
By drawing on Cloud Cover’s own recent history as a more traditional witbier, fermenting with a saison yeast, and using only Japanese Sorachi Ace hops throughout, we’ve created a beer that reflects our personal tastes, honors traditional brewing, and incorporates the best available ingredients of the modern brewing world. We thought less about style definitions and more about the best end result, and we hope you enjoy Cloud Cover.