Topic Archives: Blackberries

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 Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Monday Night Dr. Robot debuts year-round

Monday Night Dr. Robot

Monday Night Dr. Robot is the latest can release by the Atlanta based brewery.

This raspberry kettle soured ale was first teased in September, at a media event previewing Monday Night’s second located now known as the ‘Garage’. Dr. Robot is a simple sour beer, brewed with fresh blackberry juice and lemon zest. The result is a beautiful pink tinted beer that is great for drinking on its own, or with some of your favorite food.

A tart, fruity sour beer. Dr. Robot is as playful as its name. After souring to a delightfully tart level, we add blackberry juice and lemon zest to enhance and balance the flavor. The juice gives this beer a pink hue. The perfect blend of sweet and sour, Dr. Robot is a refreshing year-round sipper.

Monday Night Dr. Robot is available in 12-ounce cans and draft, year-round starting in October.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Blackberry Juice. Lemon Zest.)
Hops: Cascade
Malts: 2 Row, Malted Wheat

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: October 2017

?? ABV

Posted in New Releases, SweetWater Brewing

3 years & fresh blackberries. SweetWater Belgian Rose debuts

SweetWater Belgian Rose

Atlanta's SweetWater Brewing took their time (and a few million dollars to do it right) building out their sour and wild ale program. You can see the result of that effort at the newest addition to their brewery – The Woodlands. On August 5th, the second release from The Woodlands debuts – SweetWater Belgian Rose.

This beer actually got its start three years ago, before The Woodlands was even built. Cabernet and Merlot barrels full of bacteria and yeast – Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Brettanomyces Bruxellensis, and Brettanomyces Claussenii have been "funking" and souring a Belgian-style ale since 2014

See Inside SweetWater's New Sour Facility

In the months prior to the release, the brewery blended 1 pound per gallon of fresh Georgia grown blackberries to the base beer.


The wine touched oak, fresh blackberries, and sour tartness from the barrels are fighting for your attention, and that's a good thing. SweetWater Belgian Rose is a labor of love and the culmination of patience. Through the Brambles was a beautiful introductory lesson into what SweetWater can do on the wild side. Belgian Rose is like skipping a few grades and jumping right into the more advanced courses. Consider yourself lucky.

SweetWater Belgian Rose is now available at The Woodlands, part of the SweetWater facility in Atlanta.

Style:American Wild/Sour Ale  (w/ Blackberries)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: 8/5/17

7% ABV

Posted in Birdsong Brewing Co., New Releases

Flaming Lips inspired Birdsong Brewing Pink Robots hits cans

Birdsong Brewing Pink Robots

Birdsong Brewing Pink Robots debuts in cans for the first time on May 4th.

The kettle soured ale features a heavy helping of fresh blackberries and raspberries. The beer name comes from 10th album from The Flaming Lips – “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”.

We may not be Karate Masters but we sure feel good about our latest brew, Pink Robots. This kettle-soured ale has upfront fruity aromas from over 250 lbs. of fresh raspberries and blackberries, a sharp tartness, plus a long finish on the palate.

Your first shot at Birdsong Pink Robot cans will start at 3 pm at the brewery in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 4th.

Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Raspberries. Blackberries.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 5/4/17


Posted in Coming Soon, Creature Comforts

Bourbon & blackberries make Creature Comforts Triangulation (April 21st)

Creature Comforts Triangulation

Creature Comforts Triangulation debuts in Athens, Georgia on April 21st.

Adapted from a previous release in the brewery’s extremely limited Curious Series, Creature Comforts Triangulation is an American wild/sour ale that has been aged in tertiary use bourbon barrels with fresh blackberries. The resulting beer is described by the brewery as boasting flavors of almond, biscotti, tart cherry and blackberry.

Fruited American wild ale releases in the Curious Series include, The Curious No.8 with blueberries, and Curious No. 6, with peaches.

Triangulation is a mixed fermentation ale fermented in third use bourbon barrels with blackberries. It is the first beer adapted from The Curious series to be produced on a larger scale. Like the historical use of triangles to trace a journey from known points, the navigation that has lead us to the creation of beer has been full of discovery, technical sessions, and growth. The knowledge we have gleaned has culminated here – in Triangulation.

Creature Comforts Triangulation will be a 16.9 ounce bottle release, on-site on April 21st.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Blackberries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Debut: 4/21/17

8.6% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Hi Wire Brewing

Hi-Wire Blackberry Sour releases April 1st

Hi-Wire Blackberry Sour

Hi-Wire Blackberry Sour joins the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery’s sour & wild lineup on April 1st.

18 months of fermentation were required to make Hi-wire Blackberry Sour, a blend of stainless steel, rye whiskey, red wine and North Carolina rum barrel ales.

Think blackberry jam, brett, and oak in this balanced and drinkable ale.

Hi-Wire Blackberry Sour can be purchased in 750ml bottles on Saturday, April 1st at the brewery’s South Slope location.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Blackberries. Barrel Aged. Rum. Rye Whiskey, Red Wine.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: 4/1/17

8.2% ABV

Image: Hi-Wire Brewing

Posted in Ardent Craft Ales, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, New Releases, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Give Me IPA or Give Me Death, Virginia collaboration #2

Stone Give Me IPA or Give Me Death

Stone Give Me IPA or Give Me Death is a second Virginia commemorative collaboration, is now available.

For 20 years, Stone has been brewing in Escondido, California. Growth and demand has prompted the brewery to build on the east coast, in Richmond, Virginia. To commemorate the new digs coming online, Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death hit shelves as 2016 wound down. A second collaboration, Give Me IPA or Give Me Death is ready for a little patriotic drinking.

State Governor Terry McAuliffe, as well as Virginia based Ardent Craft Ales, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, collaborated on this release. Much like its predecessor, Stone Give Me IPA or Give Me Death is brewed with blackberries and raspberries.

Just as Patrick Henry once stood addressing the city of Richmond in 1775 to spur resistance against the tyrannical British Empire, 20 years ago we were stirred to join the cry for resistance agains the tyrannical oppression of industrial beer. And now, the opening of our Richmond brewery is yet another shot in the salvo that has been fired on behalf of American brewing independence. If we wish to brew free, if we mean to retain our identity and preserve the privilege of access to independent craft beer, we must recognize it a group effort. We do not stand alone. And so, on our new brewing grounds, we gathered with fellow craft breweries and “His Excellency,” Governor McAuliffe, to join together in force. A group cry of freedom & independence! Consider this aggressively  hopped imperial IPA, jam-packed with Virginia raspberries and blackberries, a testament to our passion and unwillingness to settle or sell out! We think Patrick Henry would be proud, and hope you will be too.

Stone Give Me IPA or Give Me Death is a 22 ounce bottle release, with larger distribution then Collaboration #1.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ BlackberriesRaspberries)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February/March, 2017

8% ABV