Wicked Weed Golden Angel returns to the “Angels” lineup again today, June 30th.
Wicked Weed Golden Angel is an American sour, aged in red wine barrels with apricots for a total of 10 months. This sour rested on a full metric ton of apricots. If you don’t know weight…that’s a lot of apricots.
Deep golden with a bright fruit haze and stone fruit tartness, this ale pulls inspiration from traditional Lambic fruits and showcases the depth and range of apricot flavors.
Wicked Weed Golden Angel is available at the Funkatorium in Asheville, North Carolina.
Latest Return: 6/30/17
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Wicked Weed White Angel, the third release in the brewery’s Angels Series will return again in late August. Online pre-sales of this release take place again on August 14th, 12 pm (EST). This series edition is aged in wine barrels with locally grown wild muscadine and Scuppernong grapes.
WHITE ANGEL is an American Sour Ale blended with two pounds per gallon of locally harvested Muscadine and Scuppernong grapes and aged in white wine barrels. After eight months, another pound per gallon of Amarillo wine must is blended in stainless steel tanks for 2 months. A total of 2.5 tons of fruit and 10 total months of maturation later we give you White Angel.
Brewery co-founder and head blender Walt Dickinson tells Beer Street Journal that the 2016 edition really exceeded his expectations. The grapes really pop, making this one hard to put down.
Wicked Weed White Angel is a 500 milliliter bottle release, only at the Funkatorium in Asheville, North Carolina. Bottle pickup for the 2016 release takes place on August 27th, and 28th.
The sale this past Sunday sold out in about an hour.
Wicked Weed Red Angel returns once again on March 26, 2016. The sour and wild “Angel” series has been a very successful one for the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery.
Based on fan’s love of the brewery’s second-ever bottle release, Black Angel, and the extra barrel aging space in the Funkatorium, a full-on Angel series was born. The Angel lineup starts with Red Angel, and includes White Angel, Golden Angel, and Angel of Darkness.
Wicked Weed Red Angel is a red sour ale, aged in white wine barrels with raspberries. The brewery used around 1.5 pounds of raspberries per gallon in the brewing process.
Wicked Weed Red Angel pre-sale tickets have sold out once again in 2016. There will be limited day-of bottles available at the brewery’s Funkatorium on March 26th, 2016. $20/bottle.
Wicked Weed Angel of Darkness is coming in December, the culmination of a year-long Angels Series.
2015 has seen the releases of Red Angel, Golden Angel, and White Angel. The final angel – Wicked Weed Angel of Darkness, has spent more time in the barrel than any Angel in the series, and that’s because of the Oloroso Sherry barrels. (Plus the metric ton of boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries that have been quietly adding flavor.) All total, that’s 3 tons of fruit, and 16 months of maturation.
Much like sour beer, Oloroso sherry (fortified wine), relies on oxidative aging and a protective pellicle to develop full, rustic flavors in these oak vessels.
Wicked Weed Angel of Darkness is a 500 ml bottle offering, that sold out in seconds.
We made a few trips to the brewery this year, staring at those Oloroso sherry barrels. What came out of it is as crazy as it sounds. As the beer warms up the taste is a fun game of which fruit is in my mouth. Plus sherry. Wicked Weed excels at making the wild/sour ales tart, while keeping the fruit fresh. Fantastic conclusion to a year of “Angels” from Wicked Weed.
The brewery re-brewed this beer at the end of 2015, set to return in 2016.
Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville, NC) released the third offering in their “Angels” Series over the weekend.
White Angel follows Wicked Weed Red Angel that kicked off the line, and Golden Angel. The approach to the “Angels’ is to incorporate local fruits with the house wild yeast and bacteria in the barrels in the Funkatorium.
Later this year, a fourth angel will rise from the barrels, Wicked Weed Angel of Darkness. Darkness is a blend of all three previous angels, aged in Oloroso Sherry barrels. The result will be a nearly 13% alcohol by volume sour ale you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Erin Jones, one of Wicked Weed’s best, sits down with Beer Street Journal again on a rainy release day. (She also was at the helm of Funk Asheville the night before, having only just a few hours to sleep before back at it at dawn.) If you ever find yourself having a beer with her, you are having one with one the industry’s most talented women.
The beer sold out in just over an hour.
This year, expect sour Angels: Red Angel, Gold Angel (apricot sour), White Angel (grape sour), and The Angel of Darkness.
“These beers utilize the most labor intensive process we employ to make our sour beers so we can only produce them once a year. Using a ton and a half of fruit and allowing the beer to age for eleven months requires extensive time, energy, and resources,” explained Walt Dickinson, Head of Brewing Operations. “All of that work develops truly dynamic and beautiful beers.”
Wicked Weed Red Angel arrives in late March. The base is a sour red ale, aged in white wine barrels with over a pound of raspberries per gallon.
If the Angel of Darkness release sounds crazy ridiculous to you, you’re right. This year-culminating release should blow past 13% ABV, aged in Portugese sherry casks with boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries.
Wicked Weed Oblivion just hit shelves again to kick off 2015.
Wicked Weed Black Angel was the brewery’s second bottle release, just behind Serenity. This upcoming release is a black sour ale aged in bourbon barrels with cherries. Officially the first “Angel” in a series of Wicked Weed Angel releases.
Ages ago, the nefarious Bacilli the Black resurfaced from darkness and infected the Great Angel of Light with an obsidian parasite. A great darkness took over the Angel as she shed her luminous spirit. No longer fit for the heavens, she was exiled to the Woods of Obscurity. With sustenance from the fruit of the wood, the Angel began to forge virtue from the evil that had infected her. After her long respite, she emerged from the wood with a profound new strength and cast Bacilli the Black back into great darkness. Now, known as the Black Angel, she spends her days between two worlds nourishing all who drink…
Wicked Weed Black Angel is available in 500 milliliter bottles, intermittently throughout the year.