On February 11th a big group of Colorado brewers got together for a collaborative brew called Buddha Nuvo to be released on April 16th at the 2011 Saison Festival held at Trinity Brewing in Colorado Springs. This years batch draws on the experience of many and is a unique collaborative effort. The idea behind the beer is a big 12% Saison with pumpkin and green peppercorn spice as well as Buddha Hand zest added late in the boil. The final kicker is the beer.. after primary fermentation will be barrel-aged for almost two months in freshly emptied Chardonnay barrels with 10 unique strains of Brettanomyces yeast. As for our major contribution Crooked Stave supplied all 6 of the Chardonnay barrels for the project as well 5 strains of Brettanomyces. This beer will certainly be interesting and I look forward to tasting the final product at the Saison Festival.. We should be pouring at least one Crooked Stave beer this year as well, so make the trip! I leave you with some photos from the brew day. For a more in depth look at the collaborative brew check out Focus on the Beer for a quality image recap.