The Rare Barrel West of the Mississippi debuts at the brewery on August 22nd.
This new oak-aged golden sour is a collaboration with St. Louis-based Perennial Artisan Ales. The team selected a blend of unique barrels, ranging from open-fermented saisons, to various dry-hopped Brettanomyces beers.
The blended base was then dosed with black lime (dried lime, that has lost most of it’s water content).
This yielded an incredibly unique brew with an almost earthy depth of flavor that complements the notes of passion fruit, papaya, and limeade.
The Rare Barrel West of the Mississippi will be available in the brewery’s tasting room in 750-milliliter bottles on August 22nd.
Image: The Rare Barrel
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Creature Comforts River Ridge Red debuts June 15th.
Combine Independence, Virginia’s River Ridge Organics raspberries, and Athens’s, Georgia based Creature Comfort’s oak barrels and talent, and you have this new wild ale.
Creature chose some of their best barrels to blend onto the fresh raspberries, punching down the fruit into the barrels for a full two weeks. After that, the raspberries soaked in the ale for another six months in oak, until the brewery achieved a balanced acid profile.
Creature Comforts River Ridge Red will be available in 500-milliliter bottles at the brewery on June 15th, $17.99 each. Limited 6 per person/mule.
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Firestone Walker Violet Underground, a cross-Atlantic ocean collaboration, debuts this week. Part of the brewery’s Barrelworks Program.
Jim Crooks, Firestone’s medal-winning master blender is good friends with Brett Ellis, co-founder, and brewer at England’s Wild Beer Company.
Dissecting this beer yeast first – Ellis sent Crooks some Wild Beer’s native yeast. Crooks then fermented two base beers. One with Barrelworks yeast and California golden raspberries, and the other with Wild Beer’s English funk. Both bases were aged in French oak between 6 months and a year. French candied violet petals were added to a handful of barrels. The result? Something Crooks calls a “head trip”.
“Violet Underground is an intentional head trip. It’s golden in color yet smells like raspberries, offering a bunch of unexpected sensory notes that all come together in the glass.”
The beer name is presumably a play on the 60’s rock band Velvet Underground, that once had Lou Reed.
Firestone Walker Violet Underground is the second packaged release in 2019, available in 375-ml bottles and draft
Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Golden Raspberries. Violet Petals. French Oak Aged.)
Availability: 375ml Bottles. Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: Early June 2019
Three Taverns Tropical Luxure joins the brewery’s Sour Asylum Series on June 8th.
This new release combines flavors of pineapple, passionfruit, and mango, with the creamy inspiration of another Sour Asylum Series – Cream Weaver. Together, they make a beer that the brewery says is the “perfect companion to help you battle that scorching Atlanta summer heat”.
Three Taverns Tropical Luxure is a brewery only release in 12-ounce cans and draft.
Hi-Wire Tropical Sour debuts at the brewery’s South Slope location in Asheville, North Carolina this weekend.
The wild ale program at Hi-Wire has constantly impressed us at Beer Street Journal. This new release is a “tropical” inspired oak-aged American wild ale, aged on fresh mango, pineapple, and guava.
Hi-Wire Tropical Sour will only be available in 750-milliliter bottles with no distribution at the brewery this weekend.