Topic Archives: American Wild Ales

Posted in Coming Soon, Hi Wire Brewing

Pineapple, mango, guava Hi-Wire Tropical Sour this weekend

Hi-Wire Tropical Sour

Hi-Wire Tropical Sour debuts at the brewery’s South Slope location in Asheville, North Carolina this weekend.

The wild ale program at Hi-Wire has constantly impressed us at Beer Street Journal. This new release is a “tropical” inspired oak-aged American wild ale, aged on fresh mango, pineapple, and guava.

Hi-Wire Tropical Sour will only be available in 750-milliliter bottles with no distribution at the brewery this weekend.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Pineapple. Mango. Guava.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Brewery Only.
Debut: 4/20/19

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Posted in New Releases, Three Taverns Brewery

Three Taverns Voyage kicks off a new “Wooden Vat” Series

Three Taverns Voyage

Three Taverns Voyage, a new open fermented mixed culture saison, debuts today. 

This unique release is a mixed culture saison, which uses Three Tavern’s house saison yeast, Georgia-grown wheat, and North Carolina rye. Voyage is the first in a series of ‘Wooden Vat’ releases by the Decatur, Georgia based brewery.

No, this isn’t fermented in steel. Three Taverns Voyage is open-fermented in oak. Old world style.

…Crafted with Georgia grown wheat and NC artisan rye then open fermented in an oak vat with our house saison blend, bright aromas of citrus and pineapple mingle with a bouyant funkiness to create a complex drinking experience.

Those with the appreciation of funky, open-fermented, Belgian-style wild ales can seek this at the brewery starting April 5th.

Style: American Wild Ale (Oak Aged)
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles. Limited Release.

Debut: 4/5/19

6% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, EPIC Brewing Company

Epic Rosé Sour Ale is a triumph of a wine-inspired wild ale

Epic Rose Sour Ale

There are plenty of rośe inspired beers in the beer market right now. While they almost incorporate grapes, Epic Brewing Rośe, from the brewery’s Oak & Orchard Series, achieves a rose flavor with strawberries and an “epic” house mixed culture wild ale.

Epic Brewing’s sour program continues to impress us. Recent Oak & Orchard releases like Strawberry Rhubarb, and Pink Guava were some of the best American wild ales we tried at Beer Street Journal in 2018. (Incidentally, their Quadruple Barrel Baptist was one of our 2018 favorites as well.) Rośe Ale truly keeps this impressive flavor journey alive and well into a new year.

Strawberries, hibiscus, and rose hips are part of the approach for Epic Rośe. Each sip is a wash of oaky tart strawberry flavors, with a light, lingering floral aroma on your palate. The rose hips and hibiscus are perfectly subtle. This might be more enjoyable the sipping actual rośe wine. Far less sugary, and in our opinion, far more complex than any pink wine you’ll find at the same price point.

American wild ales grow in popularity in the United States every year.  If you don’t know what to look out for,  let us help. Don’t dare sleep on Epic’s Oak & Orchard Series. We fought over the last sips of Pink Guava, and sipping this Rośe Ale in the sun with hints of spring in the air made for a downright poetic drinking experience.

We can’t wait to see what the brewery does next 🔥.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Rose Hips. Hibiscus. Strawberries. Oak Aged.)
Hops: Tettnang
Malts: Pilsner, White Wheat, Spelt, Flaked Oats

Availability: 12.7oz Bottles
Debut: February 2019

7.1% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Monday Night Brewing

Monday Night Vinology Syrah is the 1st chapter in new wild ale series

Monday Night Vinology Syrah

Monday Night Vinology Syrah debuts this weekend, signaling a new series of “hybridized” American wild ales from the Atlanta based brewery.

This first chapter in a coming series of “hybridized” wild ales. Vinology Syrah is fermented it oak with its namesake Syrah grapes. According to the brewery, drinking this with your wine-loving friends will “blow your collective minds”.

Monday Night Vinology Syrah debuts at the brewery’s Garage location on March 2nd.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Syrah Grapes.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Debut: 3/2/19

4.7% ABV

Posted in Firestone Walker Brewing, New Releases

“Bright & in your face” Firestone Walker Bretta Tangerine debuts

Firestone Walker Bretta Tangerine

There’s a new wild ale rolling out of Buellton, California – Firestone Walker Bretta Tangerine.

This new hybrid wild ale features 1,000 pounds of specially selected Murcott tangerines grown in Ojai, California. According to master blender Jim Crooks, the Murcott wasn’t just a geographical decision. “The aroma coming off the zest was so pungent, bright, and in your face. We knew that it was going to make this beer pop,” he said.

Bretta Weisse serves as the base for Bretta Tangerine, which has seen fruits like blackberries and black currants.

The Final Blend.

The Murcott tangerine concentrate as blended with 15 barrels for Bretta Weisse for fermentation and maturation. Additionally, Crooks took tangerine concentrate from Ventura Coastal and co-fermented it with another lot of Bretta Weisse. The two tangerine lots were blended together with a third lot of 18-month old Bretta Weisse.

Firestone Bretta Weisse is available in 375-milliliter bottles in all markets the Barrelworks line is sold starting the last week of February 2019.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Tangerines.)
Availability: 375ml Bottles
Debut: Late February 2019

6.2% ABV

Image: Firestone Walker

Posted in Half Acre Brewing, New Releases

A blend of 3 wild ales for Halloween: Half Acre Haunting Pattern

Half Acre Haunting Pattern

Half Acre Haunting Pattern is available today in honor of Halloween.

This spooky release is a blend of an 18-month-old mixed culture wild ale, a 20-month barrel-fermented saison, and a 16 month barrel-aged Belgian-style blonde ale. The resulting beer per the brewery is a “medium bodied, lower acid beer that weighs orange peel and papaya against pie and hay.”

Half Acre Haunting Pattern is available in 22-ounce bottles at the brewery today, along with a matching long sleeve t-shirt.

Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Brewery Release.
Debut: 10/31/18

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Image: Half Acre Beer

Posted in Allagash Brewing, Seasonal Return

Allagash FV 13 (foudre aged wild ale) resurfaces this weekend

Allagash FV 13

Allagash FV 13 returns to the brewery once again this weekend.

A Belgian-style golden ale is the base for Allagash FV 13. The beer is fermented in stainless steel with the brewery’s epic house yeast, then transferred to a 2,700-gallon French oak foudre (exactly like the one on the label).

What is even more unique about FV 13, is that a portion of the previous batch of this beer is used to inoculate (ferment) the new edition. A little bit of the old makes the new.

This year’s beer features an aroma with notes of graham cracker, lime zest, and vanilla. The flavor blends sweet and tart with notes of grapefruit and raspberry, and finishes with a cleansing bitterness.

Allagash FV 13 is a 375ml bottle release. Each release takes four years to brew, ferment and condition before public release.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ White Cane SugarOak Aged)
Hops: Tettnang, Hallertau

Availability: 12.7 oz bottles
Latest Return: September 2018

8.8% ABV