This is a post by regular contributor Kimberley, who runs the social media at BCS. Kimberley is currently writing up her PhD in Mediterranean Archaeology and is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Every once and a while, she will blog at BCS about all things beer and Classical in the Low Countries or – as I’d like to call it – ‘The Nether Regions’.
In a previous post, I mentioned our beer-laden, border-crossing holiday break trip. For this #beerreviewFriday, I review another beer we had on that trip, shared with us by Chris (thanks Chris!). If you haven’t already: check out our instagram or untappd for the full list of beers we had.
Lost Rhino Brewing uses regional ingredients from Loudon County, Virginia for their appropriately named Genius Loci Series. We were lucky enough to have a taste of the Bramble Frumenti – a barrel-aged sour with blackberries and grapes. At the time we had it, the beer was already over three years old and the blackberry had faded quite a bit. However, it could still be found in the lingering sweetness towards the end. Despite (or because of?) its age, Bramble Frumenti had a good balance between the acidity and funk. Overall, a… genius of a beer.
In modern-day usage, genius loci refers to the ‘spirit’ or atmosphere of a specific locality. The term is derived from the Latin term ‘genius locus,’ which refers to a guardian spirit the Romans thought was attached to a place. We may compare the Roman genius locus to the daimones of ancient Greece discussed in a previous post. Although the daimones were not necessarily attached to a place nor always benign, the daimon of a hero was local to the hero’s shrine and was believed to protect those stopping by. The Romans would have certainly considered the hero’s daimon a genius locus. In fact, the Emperor Augustus turned his personal heroic genius into the genius locus of the entire Roman Empire.
Ingredients: Referment of Wild Farmwell Wheat with blackberries and honey and Pretty in Brown; grapeskins; Saaz hops, Ashburn yeasts, Brettanomyces; bacteria
Brewed: Lost Rhino Brewing Co., Ashburn, VA