The Brux Project

The Brux ProjectA series of cellar project by Christopher Barnes and I Think About Beer

The Brux Project was initially inspired by the Russian River Brewing and Sierra Nevada Brewing collaboration beer: Brux Domesticated Wild Ale. I obtained a case and decided to taste one every 6 months to track its development. So far, I’m 10 bottles into the initial project with 2 more to go.

A model similar to mine.

While this was the first beer in the project, I’ve since added several beers into my cellar to be tracked over time. Most of these beers would qualify as wild or sour ales featuring the Brettanomyces yeast strain, the most famous of which is Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. While the Brett yeast strain is present in most of the beers I like to cellar, it’s not required. Some of the beers I’ll be cellaring will just use standard yeast.

All the beers being cellared in a temperature controlled Vinotemp wine cooler. The temperature is kept around 55 degrees Fahrenheit with the appropriate humidity level.

Each project will be listed below.

Orval – Orval is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to modern Brett beers. First brewed in the early 1930’s, it’s come to

Russian River & Sierra Nevada Brux Domesticated Wild Ale – The original project! This is a Belgian-style Golden Ale brewed with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis created by Russian River Brewing and Sierra Nevada Brewing. It was only released one time in 2012.


Pfriem Family Brewers Brett Brux Pale Ale – Orval’s famed beer has inspired many brewers to make a beer in homage to the Belgian Trappist’s classic beer. This is Pfriem Family Brewers’ attempt at creating an Orval like beer. So far, this version was only brewed once in 2015.


Pfriem Family Brewers Brett Trois Pale – This is the newest version of Pfriem’s homage to Orval. It’s using a slightly different strain of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. It’s one that they’ve isolated as their house strain because of it’s flavor and production profile.


Pfriem Family Brewers Brett Wit – Pfriem’s Brett Wit is a throwback to an older style of Belgian Wit/Blanche prior to their yeast being cleaned up. This beer is a bottle conditioned version of their house Wit with a nice kick of the house Brett Trois.