NoDa Brewing (Charlotte, NC) is hard a work today bottling Funkaversary, a blended sour ale celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Charlotte’s Brawley’s Beverage. It is that decade long commitment to craft beer that has made the Charlotte beer scene thrive.
To celebrate, NoDa Brewing and New Belgium blended two very special beers together to create Funkaversary. NoDa’s contribution is Monk’s Trunk,a Belgian style pale ale they aged in a Chardonnay barrel for a year. That beer was blended with New Belgium’s sour ale Felix. There will be only about 500 bottles produced. The brewery tells BSJ it is quite, quite tasty. (no sh!t?)
Style: American Wild Ale (Partially Chardonnay Wine Barrel Aged)
Availability: 750ml bottles
If you go:
Brawley’s Beverage – 5/10/13
Bottles on sale, 7 pm. 4 bottle limit. $10
Nebraska Brewing Company (Papillion, NE) is adding to beers to their Inception Series this month. What was meant to be just one beer is now to series entries. In the end, the barrels you age the beer in have the final say. The base beer is a saison, brewed with rose hips, hibiscus, and cherry juice, then aged in a chardonnay barrel. Indians, the other entry, got a little funky in the barrel. Cowboys didn’t, prompting the two releases. Poking fun at the perception that Nebraska is still like the wild west, they dubbed these two Cowboys & Indians.
Availability: 750 ml bottles
Arrival: Mid May, 2013
Nebraska Brewing Company (Papillion, NE) is adding to beers to their Inception Series this month. Ironically, there was only meant to be one beer. However the barrels they were aging in didn’t think the same way. The base beer is a saison, brewed with rose hips, hibiscus, and cherry juice, then aged in a chardonnay barrel. The brewery tells us this one got a little funky. Poking fun at the perception that Nebraska is still like the wild west, they dubbed these two Cowboys & Indians.
Saint Arnold Brewing Co. releases Bishop’s Barrel No. 2 today. This marks the second release in their small batch barrel aged series of beers. Bishop’s Barrel No. 2 is an old Ale aged for more than a year in oak Chardonnay barrels with cherries. The base beer was brewed in 2011, then added to oak barrels shortly after.
Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel is a series of beers that have been aged in barrels specifically chosen to enhance and complement the characteristics of the underlying beers. Each batch of Bishop’s Barrel is distinguished by the number on the neck label. Since fewer than 1,200 cases of 12-ounce bottles of Bishop’s Barrel No. 2 were produced, Bishop’s Barrel will only be available in pubs and restaurants throughout Texas and Louisiana that normally carry Saint Arnold beer.
“This beer has many layers of flavors,” said Saint Arnold founder/brewer Brock Wagner, who sourced the barrels from his cousin’s winery, Saintsbury, in Napa, Calif. “The nose is a combination of sour cherry, oaked chardonnay and a wild yeast character. The taste has pleasantly light cherry and light malt up front, some chardonnay in the middle and finishes dry with a distinct tartness.”
In two days Mother Earth Brewing releases Windowpane Series Fig & Raisin. Looking ahead to March is the 4th edition in the series – Raspberry. Each beer is North Carolina inspired, using local fruit. Raspberry ‘s base is a Belgian-style witbier, currently resting in chardonnay and Pinot barrels until blending in March.
Fourth in a series of four North Carolina inspired beers, Raspberry Window Pane is a double Belgian Style Wit beer fermented snth vast quantities of this North Carolina fruit then aged in chardonnay and Pinot Nom barrels for three months. Anticipate a prevailing aroma of Raspberry blended with tartness. vanilla, and a slight oak character. Malt Beverage Brewed with Raspberries and aged in wine barrels.