In the French language, Merci translates to Thank You, so it should be no surprise that a beer from Side Project Brewing is brewed specifically for one of the brewery’s best customers.
For the fourth time the St. Louis, Mo.- based brewery will be teaming up with Paul Hayden at The Wine and Cheese Place in St. Louis to release Merci Blend #4, a 6 percent ABV blended American wild ale. Merci debuted in January 2015 as a way for Side Project to thank Hayden for “all his support” of the brewery and was rereleased in February 2016 and June of last year.
According to a post on The Wine and Cheese Place’s website, Merci Blend #4 is made up of the following components:
- 43.6 percent of Side Project’s Foedre Blond (same base as Fuzzy – five years of solera method in a French oak foedre)
- 39.8 percent of #40 that spent 12 months in French oak puncheons (higher brett phenolics than most Side Project beers)
- 8.7 percent of Foedre Terry that spent eight months in French oak foedre (high must, funk, slight brine)
- 7.9 percent of Side Project’s Oude Fermier that spent 18 months in French oak barrels
“(We) went a little more ‘wild ale’ with this blend and tried to express as much brett as possible,” said Cory King, owner of Side Project.
As with the three previous versions, Merci Blend #4 will be packaged in 750ml bottles. In a phone call, Hayden told Tenemu the beer will be priced at $29.99 each with a 12 bottle per person limit when it is released at The Wine and Cheese Place on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. The beer will then released on the company’s website for online sales on Sept. 12 with a six bottle per person purchase limit.