The Asheville based brewery has put together some pretty killer collaborations recently. In 2016, it was Juiceless, a hoppy collab with Creature Comforts, which was followed by a wild/sour ale brewed with Switzerland’s Trois Dames. Fans also lusted over Red Atrial, a raspberry filled blend with Jester King.
Wicked Weed Happy Blending is the latest collaboration release, created with California’s The Rare Barrel. Both breweries are very well known for their barrel-aged sours. This release will be no different. Cellermen from each of the breweries travelled to the other’s home base and hand selected their favorite barrels. The chosen barrels were then combined with 3 pounds per gallon of nectarines and plums.
This collaboration is the brainchild of blenders from both Wicked Weed and The Rare Barrel breweries. Cellarmen travelled to one another’s breweries to select their favorite barrels from the others’ collection. They then combined the beer from these barrels with 3 lbs per gallon of nectarines and plums. This combination formed the perfect balance of character and flavor to represent each respective barrel house.
Wicked Weed Happy Blending will be a 500 milliliter bottle at the brewery on February 17th.
Victory Sour Monkey a twist on the brewery’s year round favorite, Golden Monkey is now available in 12 ounce bottles for the first time. The Belgian-style tripel has spent some time undergoing multiple fermentations via three different yeasts.
The first yeast in the trio is Westmalle yeast (made famous by the Belgian Trappist brewery), used in the Golden Monkey base beer. The sour and wild characteristics come from a blend of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus bacteria.
A result of the visionary enthusiasm of Victory Brewing Company’s brewers, Sour Monkey playfully tantalizes taste buds into a electrified frenzy by combining juicy Tettnang and Hallertrau whole flower hops with Pilsner malt and coriander seed before bringing in the fun and the funk of unique yeast varieties. With an ABV of 9.5%, Sour Monkey delivers a punch with the pure taste of Victory.
Victory Sour Monkey is once again in 12 ounce bottles in all of the brewery’s 57 state distribution footprint. Estimated retail price of $11.99.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Seasonal release.
Latest Return: January, 2017
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Odell Flemish Giant, a future potential release in the brewery’s Cellar Series.
Consider this beer a tribute to the Belgian Flanders-style that is inspiring so many brewers in America. Odell Flemish Giant will have spent a year hidden a way in oak by the time you have this in your hands. Flemish Giant features flavors of raisins, figs and plum.
Recently, the brewery released Prop Culture in the Cellar Series.
Native to Belgium, the Flemish Giant is a breed of rabbit that dates back to the 16th century and tips the scales at 20 lbs. Burrowed in oak barrels for a year, Flemish Giant is our tribute to this prodigious hare and it’s homeland, the birthplace of the Flanders-style Sour Red Ale. Look for notes of tart ruby grapefruit and cherry to hop to the nose while sweet raisin, fig and plum favors thump the palette.
Ghent, Belgium is thank for one of the largest rabbits on earth – the Flemish Giant. First bred in the 16th century, the rabbit weighs on average around 15 pounds. (Honestly, there is a Monty Python movie sense that comes to mind.)
Odell Flemish Giant will be a 750 milliliter bottle release. The brewery has not yet announced this beer.
Carolina Bauernhaus Freehaus Jupiter Gold will be available starting January 14th, 2017.
Anderson, South Carolina based Carolina Bauernhaus has teamed up with their coastal neighbors, Freehouse Brewery. The two breweries share barrels, yeast and recipes already, so a collaboration was long overdue.
Carolina Bauernhaus Freehaus Jupiter Gold uses Freehouse mixed culture from their sour tanks, plus Carolina’s house blend. The golden sour was matured for nearly a year in three different Cabernet barrels, then blended with 200 pounds of upstate South Carolina Jupiter grapes.
Jupiter Gold has a beguiling fruit notes and a bracing acidity coupled with a dry refreshing finish.
Carolina Bauernhaus Freehaus Jupiter Gold will be available in 750 milliliter bottles at the Anderson brewery on January 14th.
SweetWater Through the Brambles is a new wild/sour release by the Atlanta, Georgia brewery, and the inaugural release in the brewery’s new Woodlands Project.
The brewery has opened a new piece of the brewery named “The Woodlands”, which is the new home for the brewery’s sour and wild ales going forward. SweetWater has invested over $5 million dollars in this new sour and wild ale facility.
SweetWater Through the Brambles is a sour ale brewed with blackberries that has spent 12 months aging in French oak. The result is something magical. We were wowed by the fresh peach flavor in Pit & the Pendulum. The blackberries in Brambles is equally as fresh and bright. The mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria used here is the beginnings of the house culture, which is sure to become a superstar over time. The beer finishes with just a hint of tartness, and a touch of funk.
Through the Brambles and The Woodlands is just the beginning of a whole new era for the brewery. A strong lab program and a team of incredibly talented brewers will most assuredly turn these releases into household names in the next couple of years. If this is just the beginning, then get ready. There are great things in the works on 195 Ottley Drive.
Rose in color with notes of blackberry, oak and some southern funk form the wild yeast and bacteria. Initially light bodied and slightly tart, this beauty will evolve with time.
SweetWater Through the Brambles is initially on available on special tickets tours at the brewery. 3,500 750 milliliter bottles have been produced.
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Creature Comforts Curious 10 will be available on a special brewery tour on January 21st.
This 10th iteration in the Curious Series partners Creature Comforts once again with Austin, Texas based Jester King Brewery. ((Last summer, the duo released another collaboration, Mutualism.) This mixed fermentation beer is made with grits from local Dayspring Farms, and grape skins from Yonah Mountain Vineyards (Cleveland, GA).
Creature Comforts Curious 10 underwent four separate fermentations in oak barrels over the past 18 months.
The beer pours with a transparent rose hue and quickly dissipating white foam. The aroma and flavor are that of a delicate floral and the beer softly expresses strawberry, hibiscus, nectarine, pear, and lemon with a crisp, light mouthfeel and very clean finish.
Creature Comforts Curious 10 will be available in 16.9 ounce bottles, on a now sold-out tour.
Southerly Love is an American wild ale, slightly kettle soured with lactobacillus and fermented with the house brettanomyces yeast blend. This January, Creature Comforts Southerly Love returns briefly to the brewery’s lineup. The 2017 edition features Idaho 7, Cascade, and Crystal hops.
“We used a solid dose of funky, tropical and aromatic hops, both in the brewhouse and as a dry hop, to add complexity and intrigue to the beer. The result was a synthesis of yeast and hop flavors, melded into a balanced, cohesive and just plain delicious beer.” – Co-Founder and Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp
The new label was designed by University of Georgia Scientific Illustration Student Katie Schmidt.
Creature Comforts Southerly Love will be available in 750ml bottles and draft at the brewery in Athens, Georgia on January 17th.
Style: American Wild Ale
Hops: Idaho 7, Cascade Crystal
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: January, 2017