Atlanta's SweetWater Brewing took their time (and a few million dollars to do it right) building out their sour and wild ale program. You can see the result of that effort at the newest addition to their brewery – The Woodlands. On August 5th, the second release from The Woodlands debuts – SweetWater Belgian Rose.
This beer actually got its start three years ago, before The Woodlands was even built. Cabernet and Merlot barrels full of bacteria and yeast – Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, and Brettanomyces Claussenii have been "funking" and souring a Belgian-style ale since 2014
In the months prior to the release, the brewery blended 1 pound per gallon of fresh Georgia grown blackberries to the base beer.
The wine touched oak, fresh blackberries, and sour tartness from the barrels are fighting for your attention, and that's a good thing. SweetWater Belgian Rose is a labor of love and the culmination of patience. Through the Brambles was a beautiful introductory lesson into what SweetWater can do on the wild side. Belgian Rose is like skipping a few grades and jumping right into the more advanced courses. Consider yourself lucky.
SweetWater Belgian Rose is now available at The Woodlands, part of the SweetWater facility in Atlanta.
Destihl Synchopathic Apricot is the latest release the brewery’s canned Wild Sour Series.
The Wild Sour Series is home to Here Gose Nothing, Flanders Red, Blueberry Gose, and more. This third release our of four seasonal Wild Sour offerings ties in a big apricot flavor with the citrus dry-hopping of a pale ale. The kettle soured ale uses Central Illinois micro flora to create a unique “locally grown” tartness.
“…The feedback last year for the draft-only release was phenomenal. With that feedback along with our own love of this beer, the decision to put Synchopathic Apricot in cans this year was an easy one, and we are expecting this new canned release to do extremely well and to keep moving the WiLD SOUR SERIES onward and upward in the sour beer market.” – Matt Potts, Destihl brewmaster
Destihl Synchopathic Apricot is available in 12-ounce cans starting in August 2017. Expect a 4th Wild Series release to be announced later this year.
6% ABV, 8 IBUs
Birds Fly South Paper Airplanes is returning to the Greenville, South Carolina brewery’s lineup again on Thursday.
The Brettanomyces forward pale ale is brewed with Nelson Sauvin hops, and fermented in the brewery’s oak foudres.
Our fully funky Brett-centric pale ale! Once our Brettanomyces Foudre has reached a sweet spot, we begin a long blending and re-fermentation process with a fresh Belgian Pale Ale. We then dry hop with Nelson Sauvin to add a level of wine complexity that only this hop can provide. Slightly sour, all funk. Aged at least a month before release.
If you are a wild ale drinking, then your love affair with Brettanomyces yeast must be pretty strong by now. Look no further. Paper Airplanes requires a good bit of patience (a love) in order to get it right. Shawn Johnson, founder of Birds Fly South tells Beer Street Journal – “finding the sweet spot takes time. The beer tells US when it’s ready. Not the other way around. As far as flavor goes, think funky, musty, and of course, wild.
Birds Fly South Paper Airplanes is a 750 milliliter bottle offering, returning to the brewery’s lineup again on Thursday, July 13th.
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Three Taverns Brettannicus debuts Saturday, July 15th.
Following in the footsteps of Fortunatus is Three Taverns Brettannicus, a 100% Brettanomyces fermented farmhouse ale. The brewery used their saison malt base of pilsner, spelt, and wheat, then fermented in stainless steel tanks with Brett.
After primary fermentation, the beer was transferred to red wine barrels to mature. It has been bottle conditioning since late 2016. All in all, Brettannicus has been a year in the making.
…This newest release from our Funk Yard makes no apologies for in your face funk.
Three Taverns Brettannicus will be available in 375 milliliter, corked & caged bottles at the Decatur, Georgia brewery on Saturday. $12 dollars each.
Orpheus Over and Over is joining the brewery’s year-round lineup in the near future.
Pineapple is the centerpiece of this new kettle-soured ale. The brewery added the fresh pineapple juice to the first batch this week. While Orpheus Over and Over is a reference to Greek prophet Orpheus, we’re pretty sure just “over and over” is how often you’ll want to drink this new release as well.
The grievous cycle of transmigration of souls could only be broken after the mysteries of the gods were revealed to Orpheus. Those mysteries have been lost to time, so enjoy your endless loop. We packed as much pineapple and brightness as we could into this small, tart beer, for an experience you’ll actually want to repeat over and over.
Orpheus Over and Over will debut in July on draft first, with 12 ounce cans to follow shortly after.
Debut: July, 2017
Jester King Cherry Funk Metal debuts July 7th.
Earlier this year when the Austin, Texas based brewery was blending Funk Metal (a sour barrel-aged stout), they split off a portion of the blend. That blend was re-fermented with Balaton cherries.
Jester King Cherry Funk Metal will be available in 750 milliliter bottles, available starting a 4 pm on release day. $22 dollars each.
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Wicked Weed Golden Angel returns to the “Angels” lineup again today, June 30th.
Wicked Weed Golden Angel is an American sour, aged in red wine barrels with apricots for a total of 10 months. This sour rested on a full metric ton of apricots. If you don’t know weight…that’s a lot of apricots.
Deep golden with a bright fruit haze and stone fruit tartness, this ale pulls inspiration from traditional Lambic fruits and showcases the depth and range of apricot flavors.
Wicked Weed Golden Angel is available at the Funkatorium in Asheville, North Carolina.
Latest Return: 6/30/17
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