Delicate. Flavorful. Innovative. Beautiful.
Cory King, the founder of Side Project Brewing is producing beers that encapture the purist sense of those four words. Operating within Perennial Artisan Ales, where Cory is the head brewer and director of oak, Side Project finds it's niche in beers that seek to portray the natural landscape surrounding the brewery. Using a house blend of yeast cultivated from the surrounding farms and always seeing oak, Side Project beers bear an identity prevalent through each and every offering. It's really a thing of beauty. There's a sense of purpose to the beers and a complexity unmatched by most other breweries and it's exciting that with releases as small as 185 bottles, Side Project seems to be amongst the leaders in a "get back to the basics" style of brewing.
With no real motivation to become the next super producer of beer, Cory seems content to be right where he's at - brewing artisan style farmhouse and wild ales, each and every one bearing his stamp. From brewing to managing the barrels to labeling and bottling the beers, Cory's influence can be felt, seen, and tasted. Now with his wife joining the team and running the newly opened tap room, Side Project seems poised to become a mainstay in the craft beer world. This is great news for craft beer.
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