Great Divide Strawberry Rhubarb is being added to the brewery’s core lineup this month. Previously released as a specially offering in the past.
Fans of Great Divide might remember this beer as ‘Demeter’ back in 2013. The American sour/wild ale has always seen lines of folks wanting a taste at the brewery’s anniversary parties.
“…It took some time to figure out how to brew bigger batches of it given the incredible amount of fruit and extra labor required but we’re excited to finally be able to release this beer into our year-round lineup.” – Brian Dunn, Great Divide Founder
Great Divide Strawberry Rhubarb will be available in 22 ounce bottles and draft, year-round. Look for it on shelves nationally in July.
Carolina Bauernhaus Kuningilin debuts on June 24th.
Nearby Asheville, North Carolina Riverbend Malt House and their Wrens Abruzzi Rye Malt serves at the base inspiration for this new release. Head brewery and co-founder Keston Helfrich oak soured a golden ale, then dry-hopped it with Vic Secret and Amarillo hops.
The wren, not only the name of the malt, but pictured on the label, is “king of the birds” according to German legend. It is said it got that title by hitching a ride on the back of an eagle in order to become the highest flying bird in the world.
The spicy and earthy character of the rye malt used in this rustic refined ale is held aloft by a tart acidity drawn from our house strain of natively collected lactobacillus and crowned by a bright dry hop blend of Vic Secret and Amarillo hops.
Carolina Bauernhaus Kuningilin will be available in 750 milliliter bottles when the brewery opens on June 24th.
Style: American Wild Ale
Hops: Vic Secret, Amarillo
Malt: Wrens Abruzzi Rye
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Avery Ginger Sour is coming to the brewery’s Botanicals & Barrels Series this month.
Hand picking the barrels and each herbal addition is what makes this Avery series one of the most diverse in their portfolio. The lineup features a Tangerine Quad (in bourbon), Apricot Sour (oak), Raspberry Sour, Vanilla Bean Stout (aged in bourbon), and newly released Coconut Porter.
The sixth release in the series is Avery Ginger Sour, an oak aged wild ale featuring fresh ginger root. The brewery sourced fresh ginger from Boulder, Colorado local, Pressery. Fresh ginger was pressed and added to the base beer within 24 hours.
Verdant fresh ginger is artfully rooted in radiant tartness, peaking in the unmistakable burst and bite of this bright barrel-aged sour ale.
Avery Ginger Sour will be a 22 ounce bottle and draft offering. With this release, there are six Botanicals & Barrels Series offerings available year-round.
Summer is almost here, and with it – 21st Amendment Watermelon Funk. A brand new release by the San Leandro, California based brewery.
The brewery’s Hell or High Watermelon Wheat has been a warm weather favorite by many for years. In small batches, the brewery has been “funking with greatness” by kettle souring what would be Hell or High with Lactobacillus Planterum.
…bright, tart, citrus notes, this beer finishes with a spicy farmhouse character from its French Saison yeast strain.
21st Amendment Watermelon Funk is brewed with 100% pure watermelon puree. Look for it nationally in 12 ounce cans and draft this month for a limited time.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: June, 2017
Jester King Montmorency vs Balaton (Batch 4) will be available on June 16th.
The name, Montmorency vs. Balaton describes the two types of cherries that make this release. The base beer is pale wort (basically what would be a pale ale) that is fermented in foudres and stainless steel tanks, then transferred to neutral oak barrels for as long a 14 months.
The barrel are then blended, then re-fermented with four pounds per gallon of the Michigan cherries.
Jester King Montmorency vs Balaton finishes at 6.1% alcohol by volume. Available in 500 milliliter bottles and draft starting Friday, June 16th at the brewery in Austin, Texas.
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Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company’s first full production foray in to American wild ales happened a few years before their new Woodlands Facility. In 2015 to be precise, with the release of a Brettanomyces yeast heavy Pit & The Pendulum. That beer, brewed with fresh peach puree from South Carolina was so well received that it was made intermittently year-round. This year, a new Pit is coming – SweetWater Cherry Pit & The Pendulum.
Patiently waiting in the brewery’s new foudres is SweetWater Cherry Pit & The Pendulum, that has been sitting for over six months on a blend of Montmorency & Balaton cherries. Chris Meadows and Nick Burgoyne, brewers currently overseeing the Woodlands, started fermentation on Rainy Day Acid Trip (the unofficial name for the base) in stainless steel in July, 2016. It was transferred to oak foudres in December, where a blend of Montmorency & Balaton cherries were added to the oak.
It has been quietly maturing ever since.
A golden ale soured with lactobacillus and fermented with three brettanomyces strains, then aged for 6 months in American and French oak with 3,000 pounds of Montmorency & Balaton cherries. Freshly harvested house brettanomyces was added for bottle conditioning, ensuring evolution in the cellar.
SweetWater Cherry Pit & The Pendulum will be a 750 milliliter bottle corked & caged release. The brewery has not announced a release date.
Birds Fly South Skin & Bone, a collaboration with Tarpon Springs, Florida’s Saint Somewhere Brewing Company.
This beer was originally one of the first offerings by Birds Fly South Ale Project, based in Greenville, South Carolina. between the first release and this month’s returns, the brewery has opened a beautiful, wood heavy tap room in the city’s West End Water Tower District.
Skin & Bone is one of the best releases in the brewery’s budding arsenal. This beer hits on all the notes you chase in wild ales – tart, funk and funk. Each sip finishes with mellow hints of the chardonnay barrels. Looking back over 2016, Skin & Bone was easily one of the best new beers we tried. Definitely don’t miss this second round.
Birds Fly South Skin & Bone is on shelves now in upstate South Carolina in 750 milliliter bottles.
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