Vince Desrosiers, head brewer at Dock Street Brewing Co. in West Philly, is playing Wu Tang Clan while his golden saison ages in barrels for the next six months.
— vincethebrewer (@vincethebrewer) May 21, 2015
The saison, appropriately christened “Ain’t Nuthin’ To Funk With,” has a spicy pineapple and tart orange flavor, according to Philly Mag. Next, Desrosiers plans to age a beer while playing “Run the Jewels.”
While this may sound like a gimmick, it isn’t the first time a brewer has played music to encourage his beer yeast. Teo Musso from Baladin experiments with playing different styles of music while his beers ferment. Similarly, Will Meyers of Cambridge Brewing Company used tuning forks to stimulate the fermentation process for a beer he called Om.
Baladin brewer Teo Musso
Ginger Johnson of craftbeer.com explains, “[Meyers] uses tuning forks to give the maturing beer ‘vibrational therapy.’ Will’s background involves intensive music study, so it struck a chord when he started to wonder about the vibrations of the earth and how that may relate to his beers, he wanted to try it.”
And it’s not just beer that (allegedly) benefits from beats. At Tuthilltown Distillery in Upstate New York, the distillers “help the whiskey along with music, playing bass-heavy tunes to agitate the whiskey in the casks,” reports The Whiskey Exchange. In the video below, a Tuthilltown distiller explains how they agitate the barrels with heavy bass (jump to 2:07).
Music helps humans, so why wouldn’t it help hooch? First We Feast is currently playing Bronson’s “Baby Blue (Ft. Chance The Rapper)” for our latest homebrew in hopes that it will come out tasting like “white snake and underwear sauce.” (Just kidding, but we wish we weren’t.)