Hi-Wire Sour Pumpkin Ale is all over the flavor map. That’s a good thing. There’s a lot going on in this beer.
As fall creeps in, Asheville, North Carolina based Hi-Wire Brewing has released Sour Pumpkin Ale. Put the pumpkin spiced latte down because things are about to get a little weird.
After spending time wandering around local Rayburn Farm, Hi-Wire was struck with the idea of sourcing a beer from a single farm source. Sure, this is a pumpkin ale so you’re probably thinking something with pumpkins, cinnamon, and cloves. Make it taste like pie and ship it, right? Wrong.
Let’s talk pre-barrel. The base beer spent time in stainless steel tanks, with roasted delicata pumpkins, cinnamon basil, and blue ginger. Blue ginger is a Hawaiian variety known for its superior flavor. Cinnamon basil is also called Mexican spice basil. Methyl cinnamate found in the cultivar gives off flavors of the cinnamon spice when the leaves are crushed.
If this beer is already sounding unique, Hi-Wire isn’t done yet. After three months in stainless steel, the beer was split into rum, whiskey, and red wine barrels for six months, then blended back again. There’s nothing “basic” about this creation.
At this point, it is downright impossible to use something as simple as “pie” to describe Hi-Wire Sour Pumpkin Ale. It just doesn’t fit. Sour Pumpkin is aggressively sour as you dive in, melding into a light wash of ginger and cinnamon. As the beer warms, the blend of barrels are fighting for palate domination. Honestly, we think the rum won. This is no simple wild ale, with typical flavors. Everything about this beer is unpredictable in the best of ways. Speaking in the spirit of Hi-Wire’s hometown of Asheville, “Keep Fall Weird.”
Hi-Wire Sour Pumpkin Ale is a limited, 375-milliliter bottle release. Not for the faint of heart (or palate).
Style: American Wild/Sour Alehttp://beerstreetjournal.com/tag/american-wild-ales/ (w/ Pumpkin. Blue Ginger. Cinnamon Basil. Barrel Aged. Whiskey. Red Wine. Rum.)
Availability: 375ml Bottles
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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.
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Boulevard Show Me Sour debuts in the “Show Me” state this week. The first in a line of sessionable sours.
This beer first appeared in 2015 as a collaboration between Boulevard’s brewmaster Steven Pauwels and and Side Project’s Cory King. Both brewers are inspired by low alcohol, Belgian table beers.
Show Me Sour features 2 Row Pale, Maris Otter, and Amber 50 malt, plus Midnight Wheat. It is brewhouse soured, and after primary fermentation, was transferred into second use oak whiskey barrels. The final beer was blended back with fresh beer, resulting in a beer-y take on the whiskey sour cocktail.
Boulevard Show Me Sour is pleasantly puckering and an excellent choice alongside burnt ends, rum cake, salads with acidic dressings and soft cheeses. – Jeremy Danner, Ambassador Brewer
Boulevard Show Me Sour debuts this week in Kansas City. 12 ounce bottles can be found on shelves around the U.S. in the following weeks.
4.3% ABV, 12 IBUs
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Martin House Acheron, the Fort Worth, Texas based brewery’s barrel-aged imperial stout, is now available in cans.
Does this beer look and sound a little death metal to you? Acheron in Ancient Greek means “River of Woe”, one of the rivers of Hades in Homer’s The Odyssey. In Dante’s Inferno, the Acheron river forms the border of Hell. Like we said… metal.
Martin House Acheron dark, burly, and boozy. The 12% alcohol by volume imperial stout is unblended, aged six months in whiskey barrels. The brewery finished it with a touch of brown sugar, balancing the bitterness and increasing the ABV.
…this 12% abv stout will satiate your sinuous desires for something bold, burly, boozy, and barbarous.
Martin House Acheron is available in 12 ounce cans, in 2-packs. Think of it as two extra ounces when compared to the traditional 22 ounce bomber.
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Nantahala Brewing Judaculla, a barrel-aged Russian imperial stout, is available once again.
This once a year beer got its start in 2011. Nantahala Brewing Head Brewer Greg Geiger and Owner Joe Rowland created that combined the boldness of a big imperial stout, the vanilla notes of whiskey, and a local flavor that set it apart. The duo identified sorghum, which is produced in the Western North Carolina mountains, to add to the beer. Sorghum (used in root beer) adds molasses notes to Judaculla.
The imperial stout is brewed with sorghum, and then transferred to Jack Daniels barrels for four months. Finally, Judaculla is blend again with fresh, hoppy roasty stout.
“Judaculla took on a life of its own. It’s a complex beer that represents a style we love and offers a blend of flavors that are unique to the culture and history of our area.” – Co-owner Joe Rowland
Nantahala Brewing Judaculla is available in 22 ounce bottles in the taproom and limited distribution.
Latest Return: 12/20/16
This brand new series started with a collaboration with Richland Rum, out of Richland, Georgia. Brewery co-founder and brewmaster “Spike” aged their imperial India pale ale Hopzilla in the distillery’s rum barrels. Next up – Terrapin Rise-n-Shine.
If you haven’t already noticed, the name sounds a bit like another beer, W-n-B (aka Wake n’ Bake) for a good reason. That beer is aged in Tennessee whiskey oak barrels.
Deep inside a Tennessee whiskey barrel our award winning W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout has been patiently aging for over one year. Please enjoy “Rise-n-Shine,” the second offering in our “Ales from the Wood” series of beers.
Terrapin Rise-n-Shine has been aging in oak for over a year. 22 ounce bottles and draft debut at a special release on December 11th. Distribution to follow shortly after.r
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Last year, Victory Brewing Company released Java Cask, a coffee bourbon-barrel aged imperial stout. It was nothing short of amazing. It picked right up where Dark Intrigue left off. Now, Victory Java Cask Rye will soon wow its fans as well.
Victory Java Cask Rye is described the same as it’s boozy predecessor, but this time featuring rye whiskey barrels. This release will join Java Cask as a part of the brewery’s “Dark Wednesday” event on November 23rd.
Bad news first. Java Cask Rye will be available exclusively at Victory brewpubs (Downingtown, Parkesburg, and Kennett Square, PA). The good news – Java Cask starts shipping nationally to the brewery’s distribution footprint, as long as your state allows for beers over 14% alcohol by volume.
Availability: 750ml Bottles