4 Noses Brewing Adds Primitive’s Brandon Boldt to Kickstart Sour Program
We’ve gone into great detail in previous articles about the strength of Colorado’s sour and wild beer scene, from pioneers like New Belgium and Avery, to more recent trailblazers like TRVE and Crooked Stave, and now fast risers like Black Project, Atom Brewing, Amalgam, Westbound and Down and countless others.
Now a new contender is ready to enter the game, as Broomfield’s 4 Noses Brewing has announced that it has tapped Brandon Boldt, formerly of Odd13 Brewing and co-founder of Primitive Beer Project, to helm their Barrel Aging and Sour Program, as the Head of Blending, Special Projects and Barrel Aging. Boldt first joined the Odd13 team as a beertender shortly after moving to Colorado in 2013 with his wife and Primitive Beer co-founder, Lisa Boldt. He quickly rose to the ranks of head brewer in 2014. And this April, Brandon and Lisa launched their passion project Primitive Beer, focusing on spontaneous and wild beers following the Méthode Traditionnelle guidelines made with 100% Colorado ingredients.
In his new role with 4 Noses, Boldt will continue to own and operate Primitive concurrently, and will shift production of Primitive’s base beers to 4 Noses, but leaves Odd13 on great terms. “Odd13 has an incredibly exciting future ahead of it, with an outstanding team and dedicated resources for quality IPA production and whatever styles of beer they decide to vehemently assemble in the future,” said Bold. “Likewise, I could not be more thrilled to have the opportunity to develop a mixed-fermentation and extensive barrel program with the full support and resources of the world-class 4 Noses team.”
Up until this point, 4 Noses has focused primarily on their clean beer program, gaining acclaim for a wide variety of traditional styles, along with an all-star hop-forward lineup including the likes Whimsy, Bout Damn Time, Proboscis, Brut IPA and Orange Velvet to name a few. But co-founder and head brewer Tommy Bibliowicz spoke on their desire to expand their portfolio to include a dedicated barrel-aging and sour program. “Whenever we bring on a new project, it is because we are really passionate about the style, and often times find ourselves seeking it out from other breweries,” said Bibliowicz. “The sour program is something we wanted to create and grow since our founding but felt it required a dedicated and knowledgeable person to lead it.”
Bibliowicz continued to explain that Boldt was ultimately the perfect fit to really commit to the growth of such a complex and storied style. “Brandon brings a great deal of knowledge and creativity to our team,” Bibliowicz explains. “I believe that his passion and vision pairs very well with our operating style at 4 Noses.”
The 4 Noses team plans to incorporate traditional and nontraditional methods and ingredients in their upcoming sour projects, also hoping to utilize local ingredients whenever possible. However, because they view this as one of their most creative projects to date, they don’t plan to limit themselves when it comes to ingredients.