Delaware-based Dogfish Head has released a few sour ales in the past, starting with Festina Lente nearly 15 years ago. That wild ale won a bronze medal at the World Beer Cup in 2006. Let’s not forget current heavy seller SeaQuench Ale, America’s best selling sour according to the brewery. On September 29th, Dogfish KnottyBits will inaugurate the brewery’s full-scale American Wild Ale program – “Wooden…it Be Nice?”
KnottyBits has spent a year in wood barrels with Brettanomyces yeast, aged on 700 pounds of sweet and sour cherries plus rhubarb from Fifer Orchards. That equates to nearly 2 pounds of cherries per gallon.
Additionally, the brewery has announced two more wild ale releases in the new series:
- Wet Hop American Summer (November) – a Farmhouse Ale (7.75% ABV), this beer was aged in freshly emptied Chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces for over a year, before being racked onto freshly harvested and hand-selected whole leaf Citra hops, still wet from the fields.
- Eastern Seaboard (December) – Wild ale (8% ABV) brewed with blackberries and beach plums. After spending almost a year and a half aging in wine barrels, the liquid was met with several hundred pounds of blackberry and Eastern Shore beach plums, handpicked and selected by the brewers.
2000 Dogfish Head KnottyBits 375-milliliter bottles will be available at the brewery on September 29th at the brewery starting at 11 am.
Image: Dogfish Head
Creature Comforts Common Things debuts this month, a collaboration with the University of Georgia Honeybee program.
Common Things is a mixed culture saison brewed with local honey. Creature Comforts worked with the University of Georgia honeybee program. (The original brewery is located just blocks from the campus.)
This new saison is fermented with the honey in stainless steel tanks before being refermented in bottles.
“We’ve learned a lot about ways to use honey through previous projects and putting it in a light, tart, refreshing beer felt like the next progression. We’re also excited to have another opportunity to showcase locally sourced ingredients in our beer.” – Blake Tyers, Wood Cellar, and Specialty Brand Manager
Creature Comforts Common Things will be available at the brewery on August 25th in 750-milliliter bottles. The label art was created by staff member Melissa Merrill.
Image: Creature Comforts
Three Taverns Lord Fog debuts at the brewery on Friday – inspired by the London Fog beverage.
Those unfamiliar with a London Fog, the beverage is made with hot tea, hot milk and a touch of vanilla syrup. Three Taverns Lord Fog is brewed in a similar fashion. This Sour Asylum Series release is brewed with Earl Grey tea, lactose milk sugar, vanilla, and lavender.
Lord Fog will be available with the brewery opens on Friday, August 24th in 12-ounce cans.
J. Wakefield I’m Your Huckleberry debuts today in the brewery’s Miami taproom.
The sour ale has been infused with over 750 pounds of Pacific Northwest huckleberries. (Incidentally the state fruit of Idaho.)
This Tombstone movie named beer is available at 12 pm in 750-milliliter bottles. Limit of 4 bottles per person.
Style: Sour/Wild Ale (w/ Huckleberries)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Image: J. Wakefield
New Belgium Le Terroir, one of the brewery’s most popular wood-aged sour ales, has returned to the brewery’s portfolio.
Le Terroir (French, meaning soil or land) first debuted in 2011, under the watch of Peter Bouckaert, who has since departed the brewery for Purpose Brewing & Cellars. Previously bottled as a Lips of Faith release, Le Terroir is a dry-hopped American Wild Ale.
Le Terroir is a French term meaning ‘of the earth’ and is frequently used to reference the natural, environmental conditions that affect beer. So it is with our Wood Cellar and the foeders in which Le Terroir is created. These oak barrels combine nature and craftsmanship to age our sour beer in varying temperatures, humidity, and vibrations. Coupled with dry-hopping using fruit-forward and experimental hops, Le Terroir is a beer that rewards differently every time you experience it.
New Belgium Le Terroir has moved from 22-ounce bottles to 375 milliliter corked and caged bottles.
Style: American Wild Ale
Hops: Nugget, Amarillo, Strata (Dry-Hop)
Malts: Pale, Wheat, Caramel-80, Carapils, Oats
Availability: 375ml Bottles, Draft.
Baltimore, Maryland based Heavy Seas Beer is debuting their first sour/wild ale on July 20th.
American wild ales, especially sour ales have grown considerably over the past few years. However, not every brewery releases one. Heavy Seas is ready to drop their hat into the sour ring with this new raspberry heavy offering.
Heavy Seas Bière de Framboises is described as “tart, piquant, dry, and wine-like.” The Belgian-style base ale is brewed with 600 pounds of whole raspberries and soured with lactic acid over the past four months.
…this bright red brew has a surprising [sic] medium body and full mouthful with a delightfully quenching finish. Quelle surprise!
Heavy Seas Raspberry Sour debuts on Friday, July 20th on draft in the brewery’s taproom.
5.75% ABV, 12 IBU
Ardent Summer American Sour Blend 2018 debuts on July 12th.
This blended sour starts with a blonde ale that has been soured in oak barrels, then blended with guava and pineapple.
This is a drinkable, restrained sour ale that features juicy, fruity flavors with minimal sweetness and a pleasant pineapple aroma, perfect for a summer afternoon.
Bottles of Ardent Summer American Sour Blend 2018 will be available in the Richmond, Virginia taproom the afternoon of July 12th.
PIC: Ardent Craft Ales