The Raspberry Lambic is brewed from locally grown raspberries using a special Belgian lambic fermentation.
The first thing you notice as the beer is poured from the tap is the eye-catching red-pink colour, derived from 60kg of whole raspberries added mid-fermentation.
The distinct berry aroma leads into a tart upfront flavour which is instantly recognisable as raspberry. The tartness is well balanced with the fruit that marks out the lambic style.
The lambic beer style, rarely brewed outside Belgium, harnesses aberrant yeast cultures to create a surprisingly refreshing tartness to the beer.
Why we brewed raspberry lambic
Three years after Bright Brewery last made a raspberry lambic, the brewers still receive regular requests for the raspberry lambic.
Bright Brewery’s owner and founder, Scott Brandon, said today, “The buzz about our raspberry lambic is still going after 3 years, and with this year’s bumper berry crop here in the valley the time seemed right to brew it again. Cheers to Lorraine, Colin and Ebony Lieta at Bright Berry Farms.”
Beyond our raspberry lambic
The Brewer’s Choice beer range is an opportunity for Bright Brewery’s brewers to go wild. So this year Scott also created a special trial batch.
Scott said, ”When I was out mountain biking near home I noticed how amazing the blackberries are this year. They’re a weed, but a delicious one. So the kids and I picked enough blackberries to make a small trial batch of blackberry lambic. Early tastings are showing something like a beautiful rose champagne.”
Bright Brewery is considering a big blackberry pick next year, open to the public, to gather enough blackberries for a full brew.
- the strong fresh aroma of ripe raspberries
- vivid rose colour highlights the creamy pink head supported by effervescent bubbles
- elegant and refreshing flavour is smoothened by the rounded body of wheat ale
- raspberry fruit flavour balances the tart finish that is familiar in the fresh fruit
- local hops used minimally, keeps the bitterness very low
- the bite of the fresh fruit balances the body and creamy texture of the beer, rather than the hop bitterness which is usual in beer.
On tap at Bright Brewer:
121 Great Alpine Road, Bright VIC.
Federation Square Microbrewery Showcase, Melbourne
4.30-8pm Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th March
By request only – come and ask for it specifically.