For just over a year, Good Beer Hunting has focused on a variety of stories to highlight the evolution of wild and sour ale in America as part of our Into the Wild series, brought to readers in collaboration with New Belgium Brewing. Through these stories, however, it's been impossible to ignore what's also going on outside the U.S., where interest in this unique category has also been increasing.
In this episode of the GBH Collective, we’re checking in with Jonny Garrett, one of Good Beer Hunting’s London-based team members, who’s most recently explored various ideas of wild, sour, and mixed-fermentation beer for an Into the Wild story about Lambic, and a podcast with the founders of Yonder Brewing & Blending. Jonny and I are going behind the scenes of his stories as part of this special series of interviews to dive deeper with Good Beer Hunting contributors and friends on topics of writing, beer and all the ways they intersect.
The question that lingers throughout this conversation, as it has for Good Beer Hunting’s ongoing Into the Wild series, is about exploring just what exactly is happening—and as best we can determine, why—with traditional beer styles in a modern context. This includes discussion of foraging for ingredients, how a seaweed and yuzu beer changes flavor over the course of two years, and what’s next for “wild” in the UK scene.
This is Jonny Garrett, GBH writer and podcaster. Listen in.