I got my brewing start at Perennial more than 10 years ago. Phil Wymore of Perennial Artisan Ales hired me as his first brewer - just an avid home brewer who had experience in distribution and could also bartend. I think I was a bartender only 1 night at Perennial before I was immediately welcomed into the brewery. I helped Phil brew the first batch of Perennial beer in St. Louis, a batch of Hommel Bier we brewed with Dave Johnson at Kirkwood Station, and continued to grow with them up until Side Project took off and we moved Side Project production to our current location here in Maplewood.
Just like I did for Gabe at Anchorage, I wanted to blend up something special for Phil's 10th. I know that their anniversary year was at the end of 2021, but we ran into some major delays (completely ran out of bottles!) and we are now ready to share this beer with you and our friends at Perennial.
In August we hung out at Perennial for the day and they let us taste through their barrel stock for picks we could bring back to Side Project for the final blend and treatment of For Phil! We selected barrels of Maman which we blended with barrels of 3 different Side Project recipes before treating this beer exactly like the final Derivation I blended at the Perennial facility before moving everything to our current building - Derivation Blend 6.
Final Blend: 57% Side Project BA Stout / 43% Perennial BA Stout
Side Project Threads:
Ellipses Recipe - 38 months in BLiS Maple Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels
Vibes Recipe - 24 months in Knob Creek
S'more Vibes - 34 months in Willett Family Estate 5 yr Bourbon
Perennial Threads: Maman Recipe - 25 months in Old Fitzgerald Barrels
Maman Recipe - 25 months in Rittenhouse Rye Barrels
Maman Recipe - 21 months in Elijah Craig 12 yr Barrels
The final blend was then treated with a heavy hand of Ghana Cocoa Nibs and a 50/50 blend of Mexican and Tanzanian Vanilla Beans. We then added a thoughtful amount of fresh ground cinnamon to pull it all together and to mimic one of my favorite Derivations to date - Derivation Blend #6.
THANK YOU all for reading my long winded explanations and descriptions of our quirky processes and unique beers! I'm pretty sure that all of you are going to really enjoy this one and I am so happy that this beer represents both Side Project and Perennial in honor of Phil and their 10 yr Anniversary!
For Phil packages will be released online January 27th, at 10am CST. They will be available for pickup as soon as January 28th, during our regular hours at our Brewery location. You cannot pick up online orders at The Cellar. Proxies are allowed and the limit will be 1 package per person. THANK YOU from the entire Side Project Team for your continued love and support of our beers over these last 2 crazy years!