Russian River’s Vinnie announced that Batch 4 Beatification will be released on Monday, December 19th at the brewpub. Batch 4 was a tiny batch and all of it was bottled so there will be no draft offering this time around. There will be a 2 bottle limit per person at $15 each for the 375 ml bottles. Batch 5 will be a much larger batch and will be bottled next month for release in the spring.
Also, Russian River is installing a new Coolship once the Batch 5 Beatification barrels are emptied.
Beatification is a 100% spontaneously fermented beer using the oldest barrels that no longer have any wine flavor or oak flavor left in them. However, a cocktail of “bugs and critters” (Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus & other wild yeast & bacteria.) remains in the barrel. This isn’t the only place where the beer picks up its ability to ferment, before the unfermented beer heads into the oak barrels, the beer has already sat “horny” and picked up many other wild yeasts to start its life towards a true, spontaneously fermented beer.