Are the Gods crazy? Outlier Cartel has crash landed its cargo from all around the world right here on the Shaky Isles. The natives have gone wild for this lager trouvé, a dry japanese style lager made from salubrious brown rice, German braumalz and 2 types of organic hops from beautiful British Columbia, then brewed with rain water from west Auckland. Discover the clean, crisp taste of Cargo Cult that beckons those long fine spells and primordial nights of summertime!
Featuring Mt Hood and Hallertau Hops from Lillooet BC from our friends at Hoohhops.com. ABV 4.5%
This beer came about after many a conversation at our favourite Japanese ‘soul food’ restaurant in Auckland, Genta. While contemplating life over tempura, gyoza and cool crisp glass of Orion, we said to ourselves – we’ve gotta make a rice beer. However good things take time.
Nearly a year later, we saw a documentary on the Melanesian Cargo Cults, followed by the timeless classic ‘The God’s must be Crazy‘. We imagined what it be like if a transport plane full Outlier kegs crashed on a remote island full of previously un-contacted natives – how would they react? With that concept in mind, we embarked creating a beer that would be both worth of a cargo cult and show that gods may have a few too many toys in the attic!
First of all – this isn’t a true lager, hence we call it a Lager Trouvé, or ‘Found Lager’ . Its actually a lager hybrid called a Kölsch, which is warm fermented then conditioned by traditional lagering at cold temperatures. To top it off, we made this out brown rice source locally, so it would have that ultra dry taste you get from those amazing Japanese rice lagers. We have the good fortune to get in touch with Sam Quinlan over at HooH Hops (Harvesters of Organic Hops) in British Columbia Canada , this gives the beer floral notes which you won’t get in most rice lagers. Besides our international hops, our malt comes from Germany. Rounding it off, we used rain water from out in the bush of West Auckland for that ultra fresh taste.
We had the please of working with Geordan Moore, who did outr Sophisticated Yeti label, who did an incredible job with the basic concept sketch we sent through (below). We are proud what’s on packaging, not just because it looks great, but because we feel it mentions the entire community (and it’s actually a global one!) that help this drink to fruition.
Cheers! Carlos, Mark & Alvin