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.
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Not Your Mom’s Strawberry Rhubarb is another future “flavored” addition to Small Town Brewery’s lineup.
This is actually the second in a line split. The brewery made industry news with the release of Not Your Father’s Root Beer – an alcoholic root beer. Shortly thereafter came Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale. In June, Not Your Father’s Cream Ale expanded the lineup.
The line split we are referring to is the addition of a “motherly” line of beers titled “Not Your Mom’s” that will begin with Not Your Mom’s Apple Pie.
Soon – Not Your Mom’s Strawberry Rhubarb, another pie flavored beer brewed with strawberry, rhubarb, cinnamon and madagascar vanilla beans will join the lineup.
This beer is the perfect balance of sweet and tart with strawberry and rhubarb juices, Madagascar vanilla and a touch of cinnamon. Just like Mom’s fresh pie, every sip takes you home.
Not Your Mom’s Strawberry Rhubarb will be a 12 ounce bottle and draft release. Small Town has not announced this release.
Bluejacket The Jam is available in bottles this weekend. The base beer is a berliner weisse, brewed with strawberries and rhubarb.
Each bottle is $12, and is corked & caged.
Image via Bluejacket Brewery
Don Richardson of Quest Brewing, and Tim Gormley created Calumet, a strawberry rhubarb grisette style beer.
…Grisette, a cousin of the Saison, is a style that not many are familiar with, but both Don and Tim were intrigued by. This deaden style was known in its prime as the drink of the Belgian miners, while its close cousin, the Saison , was known as the drink of the Belgian farmers. Both brewmasters were inspired with reviving a style that beer consumers may not have come in contact with before.
Calumet, translated to ‘peace pipe’ in Cherokee, will be available to the public for the first time on April 23rd at Quest Brewing Company. Burial will taps kegs in their tap room as well.
Additionally, there will be a limited VIP pre-tasting at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria of Greenville, in their private tasting room on Monday, April 20th for 14 people. To purchase a ticket, please contact Barley’s of Greenville at 864.232.3706.
Arrival: April 2015
Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville, NC) is launching a new beer, and a new series on Friday. The series? – Terra Locale. The beer? Hipster Nouveau.
The brettanomyces forward saison, Hipster Nouveau, is finished with 75 pounds of rhubarb. Hipster is also brewed with River Bend Malt as collaborative effort between Wicked Weed and Fonta Flora Breweries. Walt Dickinson on the new series:
“We wanted to take a style (saison) that is super important to who we are as a brewery and take it back to its agrarian roots. We used grains that are less modified and more controlled because they are grown in our area. We used local produce because it’s in season and readily available just down the road. In keeping with tradition we untallied wild yeast and only brewed small batches…”
Wicked Weed Hipster Nouveau releases on Friday, June 20th at the brewery in Asheville.
Look out Smutty fans for a new addition to the Short Batch Series, Straw-Barb Short Weisse. The brewery took a berliner weisse and added strawberries and rhubarb. Starting to sound a bit like pie? The B-weisse is good at taking on fruity and herbal flavors. The Short Batch Series features creative, one-off offerings.
Smuttynose will release bottles of Straw-Barb on September 20th. Leftovers will shop on September 23rd. Retail $12
Style: Berliner Weisse (w/ Strawberries, Rhubarb)
Availability: 750 ml bottles, Draft
Girl Power. Midnight Sun Brewing Co (Anchorage, AK) has a new collaboration in the works. Midnight Sun brewmaster Chelsea Hendricks pairs up with Stone Brewing Co’s Jessica Gilman to created Joan of Arctic. An ale brewed with rubarb and honey. These talented women are a part of the Pink Boots Society, an organization of over 900 beer professionals.
At Midnight Sun, we take pride in developing our employees; supporting local community and promoting craft beer. All of these facets come together in loan of Arctic Ale, a collaboration beer designed and brewed by Midnight Sun’s Chelsea Hendricksand Stone Brewing’s brewer Jessica Gilman. Here’s to camaraderie in the brewing industry as well as, well. yin power. Visit pinkbootssociety.org.
Style: (w/ Rhubarb, Honey)
Availability: 22oz bombers
6.3% ABV, 40 IBUs