SweetWater Pit & The Pendulum marks the second release in the brewery's corked & caged series. Brewed an American wild ale, brewed with fresh peaches from Titan Farms in South Carolina.
SweetWater Brewing Company kicked off their new 750ml, corked and caged line with their 18th Anniversary offering. While we wait for an upcoming barrel aged imperial stout, and a sour to emerge, SweetWater The Pit & The Pendulum has joined the big bottle series.
SweetWater The Pit & The Pendulum starts as a Belgian-style, fermented with Ardennes yeast (same yeast as Spinnerbait), and peach puree from Titan Farms in South Carolina, then finished with Brettanomyces yeast.
Beer Street Journal followed the SweetWater Pit & The Pendulum from Titan Farms, to brew day, to bottle. Right now the beer has a very fresh peach flavor, with a hint of Brettanomyces on the finish. Over time, the Brett will really start to pop, giving the beer an added dimension. Drink fresh and six months down the road.
SweetWater The Pit & The Pendulum is now available in 750ml bottles.
Below, a Beer Street Journal look at the first corked & caged release…
Sudwerk Rye of the Lager arrives in early August. The imperial rye lager took more than a year of test batches to perfect.
Sure there are plenty of hop bombs out there, but Sudwerk Rye of the Lager is billed as a needle in a “shelf stack.” This 7% alcohol by volume beer is balances Simcoe and Amarillo hops with spicy rye.
With ales, naturally occurring esters can at times compete against other ingredients, especially in the finish. That’s not the case here. In contrast, lager yeast provides a platform to let the other ingredients shine through. Stone fruit aromatics combine with lemon and pepper flavors, a pleasant blend of spice, and a bold finish.
Sudwerk Rye of the Lager is a the first of its kind on the west coast as far as Trent Yackzan is aware of. Available in 22 ounce bottles for a limited time.
Style: Rye Beer
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
7% ABV, 70 IBUs
Wild Heaven Craft Beers (Decatur, GA) has just released Dionysus, their first bottled sour offering/second barrel aged offering.
Wild Heaven Dionysus is actually a blend of six different beers, as head brewmaster Eric Johnson explains in the video above.
Instead of being one sour beer, Johnson created six, carefully soured and chosen to be Wild Heaven Dionysus. The base is Eschaton an oaked Belgian-style quadrupel. Three other beers, fermented with three different strains, aged in Bordeaux barrels, were then blended into the base. Tack on two more sour, barrel aged offerings and this cuvee is born.
Wild Heaven Dionysus is available in now in Georgia in 750 milliliter bottles. It follows Civilization, a tequila barrel-aged barleywine.
Sun King Six Finger Discount officially launched this month. The beer celebrates six years of brewing in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sun King Six Finger Discount is a saison, brewed with yeast captured from the sour portion of the brewery.
We celebrate six years of singularity with Six Finger Discount, a Sun King Session Saison. Shaped with a strain of wild yeast seized from our sour space, Six Finger Discount is dry and fruity, with a sprinkling of spice, which makes it superb for summertime sipping.
Sun King Six Finger Discount Saison is available now in 12 ounce cans and draft.
Availability: 12oz Cans
Release: July 2015
3.6% ABV, 21 IBUs
New Belgium Long Table Farmhouse Ale has arrived in the brewery’s lineup. This “table-friendly” beer is a 6.2% ABV saison, perfect for food and friends.
An ode to the communal Saison, LONG TABLE Farmhouse Ale brings together the juicy flavors of Belgian yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops with the spicy and toasty notes of Munch and Rye grains. Grab a seat!
New Belgium Long Table is available in 12oz bottles and draft, hitting shelves now in mid-July, 2015.
Style: Farmhouse Ale
Hops: Chinook, Target, Nelson Sauvin
Malts: Munich, Pale, Rye
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal offering,
Release: July, 2015
6.2% ABV, 20 IBUs
Wicked Weed Succession, the brewery’s collaboration with Asheville’s Biltimore Wines has debuted.
Wicked Weed Succession is a barrel-aged golden sour, brewed with riesling must (fresh pressed grapes with skins, seeds and stems.)
The wine barrel aged offering tapped on Sunday, July 12th at the Biltmore Estates, and is now available at the Funkatorium in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
Image: Wicked Weed Brewing
Wicked Weed Horti-Glory is the first release in the Terra Locale Series this year. The series focuses on local ingredients.
Wicked Weed Horti-Glory is brewed with elderflowers, hyssop, honeysuckle, and fermented with the brewery’s house Brettanomyces.
On shelves now in 500ml bottles.
Image: Wicked Weed Brewing