Carolina Bauernhaus Source Series Opuntia is on deck from the Anderson, South Carolina sour and wild brewery.
In case the word “opuntia” brings you pause, it is actually the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. Brewery co-founder David Thorton is also the co-founder of SouthYeast Labs, what we call a “genus braintrust” of wild yeast wranglers. Carolina Bauernhaus’ house Lactobacillus bacteria was isolated by SouthYeast Labs from locally grown opuntia fruit.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the brewery released “Muriel” featuring local muscadines.
This is our native fermented rye saison brewed with North Carolina grown heirloom Wrens Abruzzi rye malt and pilsner malt. The souring bacteria used in the beer is a strain of Lactobacillus isolated by SouthYeast Labs from opuntia fruit in La France, South Carolina. The beer was aged for 6 months in Cabernet barrels on the same opuntia fruit.
Carolina Bauernhaus Source Series Oputia will be available in 750 milliliter bottles at the brewery starting March 4th.
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Upland Peach Barrel-Aged Sour hits shelves this month. The Indiana based brewery has been teasing this release for a little while now.
In fall of 2016, Upland soured fresh peaches from Huber’s Orchard and Winery in nearby Starlight, Indiana. Whole peaches were added to the brewery’s sour ale, barrel-aged for three months.
Gold and straw colors shine upon pouring, with zesty amounts of carbonation. Fresh peach aromas meld with floral and wine-like notes. Wonderful peach flavors follow in the taste, accompanied by refreshing tartness. Finish is dry, with mouth-watering tanginess and peach flavor.
Interesting to note, peaches were the first fruit Upland chose when starting a sour program in 2006.
Upland Peach Barrel-Aged Sour Ale will be available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft in the near future.
Wicked Weed Chocolate Covered Black Angel first appeared as a last minute surprise when the Asheville, North Carolina brewery released Angel of Darkness in December of 2015. The beer was just a blip on the radar for many, as the release was extremely limited.
Good news. This bit of dessert beer goodness is back in action – on sale now at the brewery once again.
Chocolate Covered Black Angel is a spin on the brewery’s Black Angel, a bourbon barrel-aged dark sour/wild ale, featuring extra Montmorency cherries, plus 100 pounds of cocoa nibs from local chocolatier, French Broad.
Chocolate covered Black Angel is our sour aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. After the beer rest in barrels, we then blend into steel tanks with over 2 pounds per gallon of tart Montmorency cherries and copious amounts of Honduran cacao nibs from French Broad chocolates.
Wicked Weed Chocolate Covered Black Angel is everything you love about Black Angel, plus the added richness of cocoa. When we say decadent, we mean it. Each sip finds vanilla bourbon oak dancing with the chocolatey flavors, finishing slightly tart, thanks to that hefty dose of cherries. Love poems n to included.
Those seeking Wicked Weed Chocolate Covered Black Angel will find 500 milliliter bottles waiting for you at the brewery in Asheville. Go now.
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Jester King Biere de Lenoir, a barrel-aged sour ale, debuts on February 10th.
The base beer is a blend of barrel-aged beers, brewed with fresh and aged hops, and Blacklands Malt, and Jester King’s house mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. Biere de Lenoir has been maturing in oak barrels for a mix of 8 to 14 months before blending and re-fermentation with Texas Lenoir grapes.
Finally, Jester King Biere de Lenoir is 100% naturally re-fermented, unfiltered, and unpasteurized.
500 mililiter bottles will go on sale at the brewery on February 10th, 2017.
6.9% ABV, 11 IBUs
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Carolina Bauernhaus Muriel debuts on February 11th in the taproom in Anderson, South Carolina.
A golden ale brewed with rye malt serves as the base for this release. The beer was fermented in chardonnay barrels with the brewery’s house mixed yeast and bacteria culture.
After nine months in the barrels, 250 pounds of local muscadines are blended into the beer.
The resulting ale has a distinct muscadine nose underlined by an earthy rye spice.
Carolina Bauernhaus Muriel will be available in 750 milliliter bottles on February 11th, 2017.
Avery Apricot Sour, the fourth installment of the brewery’s Botanicals & Barrels Series, debuts at month’s end.
The barrel-aged series debuted with Raspberry Sour in May of 2015. Not long after, Vanilla Bean Stout was added to the series, and most recently Tangerine Quadrupel Ale.
The brewery is leaning back “tart” with Avery Apricot Sour. Just like its predecessors, each beer comprises of the four usual beer ingredients, and one specially chosen outside ingredient. The same mixed sour and wild culture in Raspberry Sour is used Apricot, with more lactic acid in the finished beer.
“As the second sour of the series, it is brewed with the same bacterial and yeast cocktail as Raspberry Sour, however the result is a more lactic beer with minimal malt character and a ton of apricot”. – Special Project Brewer Leigh Audin
Avery Apricot Sour will be available in 22 ounce bottles and draft starting January 30th.
Marking the double decade milestone, SweetWater 20th Anniversary Ale will debut in February.
If we could sum up the just the last 5 years of Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company, it would be growth. The brewery has jumped from a 25 barrel brewhouse to a 400 barrel system, added cans, expanded lab and quality control, added distribution states, bottle conditioning. and most recently, a multi-million dollar sour & wild facility. So much good coming out of 195 Ottley Drive.
In February, the brewery will mark their 20th year with a party featuring the band Moe. as well as releasing SweetWater 20th Anniversary Ale.
For the past few years, SweetWater has been working on their own house blend of Brettanomyces. A part from some small batch releases, this is the first time the beer has seen the big time. The base beer is an imperial IPA brewed with brewery staple “hop hash”. (Hash is the potent chunks leftover after hops are pelletized.)
Described as extremely hop forward, the American wild ale is fruity, herbal, and citrusy, with a touch of funk in the finish.
Can’t make the party? SweetWater 20th Anniversary Ale will be available in 750 milliliter bottles in mid to late February, 2017.
Style: American Wild Ale
Hops: Bravo, Mosaic, Citra
Malts: Pilsner, Maris Ottler, Wheat, Flaked Oats, Midnight Wheat
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February, 2017
9% ABV, 81 IBUs