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.
Bell’s Pooltime Ale is shipping once again, a part of the brewery’s speciality lineup.
Bell’s Pooltime Ale is a Belgian-style wheat ale, brewed with Montmorency cherry juice from Traverse City, Michigan. Until 2016’s aluminum debut, it had been a few years since the Michigan based brewery brewed
“Poolside is a beer we haven’t seen for a while. It was incredibly well received and we thought it was the right time to bring this seasonal favorite back,” Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell said.
Bell’s Pooltime Ale will be available in limited quantities in 12 ounce cans/ 6 packs starting in mid-May, across the brewery’s entire distribution area.
Carolina Bauernhaus Petite Kriek is up next in bottle for the Anderson, South Carolina based brewery.
The brewery’s base sour golden ale has been aged in Petite Syrah barrels before head brewer Keston Helfrich blended in a hefty chunk of art Montmorency cherries. By now the flavor of this future release should be taking shape.
We native fermented and aged our golden sour ale in Petite Syrah barrels before blending in a massive amount of tart Montmorency cherries to create a delightfully refreshing petite sour ale with a light body, tart acidity, bright pie cherry flavor , and a subtle barrel funk. This unique regional ale draws its acidity from a strain of lactobacillus isolated by SouthYeast labs from opuntia fruit in La France, South Carolina and a blend of locally captured native yeasts.
Carolina Bauernhaus Petite Kriek will be available in 750ml bottles at the brewery starting May 6th.
Think tropical. Think about that impossibly red kids drink that stained everything and got the entire kindergarten class wired. The Veil Brewing Never Aloha, a new gose might come close.
This beer is all bout Hawaii. The Richmond, Virginia brewer used the Hawaiian sea salt, a necessary ingredient in gose as a part of the base beer. Not tropical enough for you? Next is hundreds of pounds of of passionfruit, pineapple, mango, blood orange, and cherry purée.
The finishing move: a touch of Hawaiian Punch drink mix. Yeah, they’ve gone there. Over the top trop(ical).
The Veil Brewing Never Aloha debuts today at the brewery in 16 ounce cans. Just don’t wear a white shirt when cracking the can.
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Victory Kirsch Gose the Downingtown, Pennsylvania brewery’s seasonal gose, returns to shelves once again March 1st.
Cherries are truly the star in this slightly tart, sour beer. The fruit is fresh, the finish is tart, wrapped up in a light bodied ale. Perfect for spring. New for 2017, the beer is available in 6 packs (4 packs previously).
A bold and bright step outside the norm, this new twist on an old-world German brewing process excites your senses with the sharp and sweet burst of fresh cherries. Effervescent and sublime, this session ale has an enticing and satisfying cherry fruit character. European tradition and American ingenuity come together in the truest sense as you Taste Victory in Kirsch Gose.
Look for Victory Kirsch Gose is available 12oz bottles and draft again March 1st, 2017.
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