7 cent Brewery is pleased to announce the launch of Belly Button Beer, a truly unique brew which will see first light at the 2016 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS).

Perhaps the first beer in the world fermented from yeast captured from the brewer’s belly button fluff; there will be a little bit of 7 cent in every glass. 

Some say why? We say why not?

The process of isolating our own yeast strain involved swabbing samples of each of the brewer’s belly buttons and getting our full science on by streaking out the samples on agar plates.  After allowing the plates to incubate, we found all sorts of interesting things growing, including what appeared to be colonies of yeast.  Positive controls were used to help us identify yeast colonies and negative controls were used to ensure our techniques were sterile.  We selected individual yeast colonies and grew them up until we had pitchable quantities for trial batches.

Tasting the sample batches from each brewer was great fun and we selected the one that we thought had the best character as our GABS beer.  We then grew the selected yeast strain to a pitchable quantity for an 800L batch.  

Can you guess which brewer it came from?   Bakes?  Bousa?  Doug?

The beer itself is in the style of a new world-ish Belgian-ish Witbier with fresh orange zest and toasted coriander seeds. The yeast exhibits qualities of Belgian beer with the key characteristics being spiciness, clove and light banana esters.  The orange zest and coriander seeds were used to help complement the yeast and a calculated amount of Riwaka and Mosaic hops were added to increase the citrus qualities and give it a refreshing hop kick.  Four different grains were also used to add both body and complexity including: barley, wheat, oats and rye.

 The inspiration for this beer arose a couple of years ago when Rogue produced their Beard Beer fermented with yeast captured from the brewer’s beard.  We tried the beer and instantly started talking about other places you could capture yeast from.  We are really interested to see if the idea of drinking something that originated from a brewer’s belly button is too much for even the most hardened beer geek.  Once you get used to the idea that yeast is yeast no matter where you get it from and that the water we drink is really recycled dinosaur urine, then you can just sit back and enjoy the beer…..in theory.

We’ve even made an awesome video for the launch which you can watch here.