The Leafcutter bee–so named for its nest built from snippets of leaves–is a species from central Europe that was brought to North America to pollinate difficult crops like alfalfa, but has since proven equally adept with other crops such as canola and blueberries
This beer also finds its origins in central Europe, in the ales of Köln, Germany. They lead with smooth pilsner malt, followed by prominent hop bitterness in the finish. Though the yeast is technically a top-fermenting ale strain, it is unique in that it works at cooler temperatures, producing a crisp fermentation like a lager.
We've adapted this style to our American tastes by amplifying the subtle bread and toast notes naturally found in the malt. On top of that, we sprinkle Washington-grown Simoce hops–the kind of leaf IPA lovers would build a nest out of–but used here in a supporting role, they open up to display layers of nuance drowned out in bolder beers.
This beer provides a fine upgrade for those lager drinkers resistant to extreme beers, yet displays the delicate balance and complexity beer snobs (like ourselves) demand. We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do!