Topic Archives: American Wild Ales

Posted in Don't Miss This, Odell Brewing, Seasonal Return

Truly a beautiful beer. Odell Brazzle Sour Raspberry Ale is back for spring

Odell Brazzle Bottle

Odell Brazzle Sour Golden Raspberry Ale has reappeared at the brewery again today.

The base beer is a golden ale, soured in oak barrels used for Odell’s Woodcut offerings, with multiple wild yeasts for a full two years. 300 pounds of raspberries are looped into the process before and after the bacteria and yeasts do their thing.

This beer just bursts with fresh raspberry aromas that really burst with each sip as well. There’s a subtle tartness in the finish that is both playful and attention-grabbing. All in all, this truly is a biological beauty of a beer. Drink fresh, in the sun, and if you have them – friends.

“We used golden raspberries to brew with, which gives this sour a touch of sweetness. There is also a bright, tart fruit and citrus flavor that comes through. The sour acidity plays well with the raspberry flavor. This is a very unique sour, and WELL worth the wait!” – ” Barrel Aging/Pilot System Manager, Brent Cordle. “

Odell Brazzle is available in 750ml bottles and draft.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Barrel Aged. Raspberries.)
Availability: 750 ml bottles, Corked & Caged
Latest Return: Late March 2018

5.4% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This, SweetWater Brewing

SweetWater Through the Brambles is out of the foeder again

SweetWater Through the Brambles 2018

SweetWater Through the Brambles was the inaugural release from the brewery’s multi-million dollar sour and wild ale expansion last year. The blackberry heavy ale truly set the tone for what was to come from the program. Its popularity is prompting a second release. .

PICS: SweetWater The Woodlands

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.

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 will return again in new 375 milliliter bottles, just like 100% foeder beer Cambium.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Blackberries. Oak Aged.)
Availability:  500ml Bottles
Debut: January 2017
Latest Return: TBA

6.3% ABV

Image: SweetWater

SweetWater Through the Brambles bottle

SweetWater Through The Brambles original release in January 2017. Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Coming Soon, TRVE Brewing

Peaches meet death metal in TRVE Brewing Starving Gods of Old

Trve Brewing Starving Gods of Old

Trve Brewing Starving Gods of Old debuts at the brewery on March 24th.

The 2017 harvest of peaches takes the lead in Trve Brewing Starving Gods of Old – an American wild ale. The mixed culture saison has been aged on 4 pounds of peaches per gallon of beer.

1,000 bottles of the release will be available on Saturday, March 24 in the brewery’s taproom in Denver, Colorado. A remaining 550 bottles will be available in distribution both in and out of state.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Peaches. Oak Aged)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Debut: 3/24/18

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Image: TRVE Brewing

Posted in Coming Soon, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Strawberry & Mint highlight new Wild Heaven Laissez Fraise

Wild Heaven Laissez Fraise

Wild Heaven Laissez Fraise will emerge from the brewery’s “Wild Wild Heaven” series this weekend.

Strawberries and mint highlight this new wild ale blend.

For Lassiez Fraise, we selected a handful of barrels that received fresh strawberries and a smaller number which had received fresh mint for blending. The result is an unexpected mingling of subtle, beautiful flavors, unlike anything we’ve ever made.

Wild Heaven Laissez Fraise will be available in 500-milliliter bottles. Limited to a run of 300.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Strawberries. Mint. Wine Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Debut: 3/17/18

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Image: Wild Heaven

Posted in Don't Miss This, Miller Coors, Off Color Brewing

Off Color Brewing’s Miller High Life collaboration ‘Eeek!’ is back

Off Color Eeek!

Chicago, Illinois based Off Color Brewing brewed an interesting collaboration back in 2016 that you might find a little shocking. The craft brewer teamed up with MillerCoors – specifically the brewers of Miller High Life. In the David vs. Goliath world of craft brewing vs. macro brewing wasn’t ready for a collaboration like this. There were quite a few beer geeks were that overly butthurt by the team’s creation. If you couldn’t’ get emotionally passed it the first time, we have some bad news. Off Color Eeek! has returned.

That’s a bit “Off Color” right? As it turns out, the brewing teams of Miller & Off Color are good friends who have talked about this collaboration for years. In the summer of 2016, a collaboration finally happened. Honestly, this “macro” meets “craft” collaboration turned out to be pretty awesome.

The base beer uses Miller High Life ingredients – the same that have made the Champagne of Beers popular for years. Off Color used their funky, acidic mixed cultures in primary fermentation, then lagered it for three weeks. The final flourish is the bottle conditioning with Champagne yeast. (That last move might have been obvious.)

The result is actually a relatively complex American wild ale with a touch of the grainy undertones you’ll recognize as Miller High Life. Easily one of the most interesting collaborations we’ve ever seen in craft beer. The duo very LITERALLY created the Champagne of Wild Beers.

Off Color Eeek! (Batch 2) is available in 750-milliliter bottles in Chicago starting March 18th. Limited distribution is pending.

Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Latest Return: March 2018

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PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Magically inspired Monday Night Mischief Managed debuts

Monday Night Mischief Managed bottles

Those magically inspired, beer-loving individuals are sure to love this artwork. Monday Night Mischief Managed will emerge from their barrels soon.

Mischief Managed is a no-boil Berliner Weisse that has been barrel-soured in white wine barrels. Fresh raspberries have recently been added to the barrels, then allowed to ferment a second time. The result should be a beer that would make Moody, Wormtail, Padfoot & Prongs proud.

Monday Night Mischief Managed will be a 500-milliliter bottle release. The brewery has not yet announced a release date.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Raspberries. Barrel-Aged.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles
Debut: 3/18/18

4.5% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Double barrel-aged Monday Night Excolatur hits shelves

Monday Night Excolatur

Monday Night Excolatur debuts on February 10th. 

The base beer for Monday Night Excolatur, a dark sour, has been aging in a blend of bourbon and rum barrels for more than two years. For the last four months, Excolatur has been aging on Montmorency cherries.

“Excolatur is Latin for ‘Development.’ This beer started out in fresh bourbon barrels before a transfer to rum barrels. We then inoculated it with locally sourced Pediococcus and Lactobacillus strains and aged it for another year before refermenting it on Mont cherries.

Monday Night Excolatur is now available in 500-milliliter bottles at the brewery’s “Garage” location as of February 10th, with limited distribution across the brewery’s footprint.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Cherries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon. Rum.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles.
Debut: 2/10/18

9.5% ABV