Orbit Beers has released the 2022 iteration of its Cuvée de Cologne. It’s part of the brewer’s Digger Series of wood-aged, wild yeast-fermented beers.
The Cuvée de Cologne is a brewer’s choice blend of complex, oak barrel-aged Nico. The super-limited release is an annual treat among Orbit drinkers.
Every year, Orbit brewers barrel age a small portion of Nico Köln lager in a solera system, leaving it to ferment with some wild yeasts as well as specially selected strains of Brettanomyces.
When they fill the barrels with freshly fermented Nico, they do so on top of a small portion of barrel-aged Nico left behind from the previous year’s Cuvée de Cologne.
This annual process allows the Cuvée de Cologne to change and develop year on year, while retaining links to Nico — the base beer — and previous releases of Cuvée de Cologne.
A limited number of cases are now available on the Orbit webshop.