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First Firkin Saturday

  • Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery 38506 John Wolford Road Waterford, VA, 20197 United States (map)

Join us for First Firkin Saturday. The first Saturday of each month, we’re tappin’ a Firkin at noon. Get there early to make sure you get a taste. Once it’s gone, that’s it!

September’s First Firkin Saturday offers a sneak peak at some of the spirit behind our Inaugural Oktoberfest celebration happening September 20, 21, and 22. This is the same weekend Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich.  Helles lager is the pride of Munich and “Servus” is our salute to and celebration of this enduring style.

Our Bavarian Helles pays tribute by using single-origin spring barley from a small family farm just outside of Munich. This farm has the unique privilege of providing barley for the brewers of Ayinger Brauerei and Augustinerbrau, two of Bavaria’s most renowned breweries. 

Through a rare opportunity and relationship with Epiphany Craft Malt, we are pleased to produce a Helles that celebrates small farming both near and far. This malt was meticulously grown by Bavarian farmers and then delicately malted in Durham, North Carolina by Epiphany to highlight the grain’s character. Upon the malt’s arrival here at Wheatland Spring, we crafted a classic Helles lager that reflects a sense of place, honors the past, and paves a way forward. 

What’s a Firkin?
A Firkin is a type of beer keg used to create what is traditionally known as Cask Ale or Real Ale.

How’s it work?
The beer inside the Firkin is alive. Come again? A few weeks ago, we transferred actively fermenting beer into the Firkin to capture natural carbon dioxide within solution. This does a few things, but our primary aim is to create a silky, smooth, and highly drinkable beer. Given the way it’s produced and the complex, nuanced flavors it wants to express, the beer is best enjoyed between 40-55 degrees F. Our Firkin beer is unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and matured inside of the vessel.