Beer is made by creating a liquid rich with fermentable material. This ‘wort’ is moved to a fermentation vessel where yeast, a living organism, is added. Yeast swims around the fermenter gobbling up the soluble sugar and converting that energy into alcohol. Imagine the feeding frenzy of millions of tiny yeast cells eating their way around a big fermenter. It’s a volatile and active environment. During this time, the beer is literally alive. Just prior to packaging, we add a little yeast to the clear beer for a secondary fermentation. This helps to add carbonation, remove oxygen, and prolong shelf life.
Live was released in 22oz bottles to test markets in the northeast to great acclaim during autumn of 2012. Twelve ounce bottles are slated for the first quarter of 2013.
The Beer is named “Live” because STBC wanted the label to have the feeling of live music. Their art department came up with the idea of using ticket stubs. Those shown here are from the staff at the brewery and friends from around the country. Look closely– They may have rocked out at some of the same shows!
In operation since late 2002, Southern Tier Brewing Company produces over 30,000 barrels of beer annually. Phineas DeMink and Allen "Skip" Yahn started the brewery with the vision of reviving the practice of small batch brewing, and now the critically-acclaimed handcrafted ales are available in more than half of the United States, as well as parts of Australia, Denmark, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Ontario, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom.