Local Foklore credits the russet color to the Vandian Spine and the 'blood' that ran from the great beast when it was slain. In fact, when the grain is in full bloom, the Sanguine river can run red with its pollen - giving it its name.
However, studies by the monks have speculated that the reddish color is a local mutation having to do with strange growth and attributes found in local flora and fauna over the past few hundred years near the Vandian Spine.
Katchum is used to make:
Katchum Red, a deep red Ale that is very sweet