Carolina Bauernhaus Source Series Opuntia is on deck from the Anderson, South Carolina sour and wild brewery.
In case the word “opuntia” brings you pause, it is actually the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. Brewery co-founder David Thorton is also the co-founder of SouthYeast Labs, what we call a “genus braintrust” of wild yeast wranglers. Carolina Bauernhaus’ house Lactobacillus bacteria was isolated by SouthYeast Labs from locally grown opuntia fruit.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the brewery released “Muriel” featuring local muscadines.
This is our native fermented rye saison brewed with North Carolina grown heirloom Wrens Abruzzi rye malt and pilsner malt. The souring bacteria used in the beer is a strain of Lactobacillus isolated by SouthYeast Labs from opuntia fruit in La France, South Carolina. The beer was aged for 6 months in Cabernet barrels on the same opuntia fruit.
Carolina Bauernhaus Source Series Oputia will be available in 750 milliliter bottles at the brewery starting March 4th.
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