Wild Heaven Emmylou, the first in the Georgia based brewery’s fruited sour series, debuts today.
Eric Johnson (brewmaster) laid the groundwork for Wild Heaven Emmylou almost two years ago, when he started souring a base golden ale in oak barrels. The oldest barrels are 18 months old.
Five different Bordeaux barrels containing kumquats, D’Anjou pears, cantaloupe, gooseberry and Asian persimmon comprise the final blend for Sour No. 1.
The result is a game-changing sour for Wild Heaven. The sour/wild ale is impressively complex, with light notes of the unique fruits on which Emmylou has been aging, finishing with a beautiful flavor of the barrels.
Wild Heavy Emmylou is available in 500 milliliter bottles at the brewery on October 15th, with limited distribution to follow this week. Expect more fruited sours to follow in the coming months.
Crane Brewing Barrel-Aged Kumquat Weiss
Breakside Fortunella has officially hit shelves, a part of the brewery’s Fruit and Funk Series.
WItbier is the base for Broadside Fortunella, fermented entirely on kumquat fruits. For an added twist, the brewery also added coriander and chamomile.
The resultant beer is lightly tart, shows a huge aroma of fresh citrus, and has a dry and spicy finish.
Breakside Fortunella is the second release of six beers in their Fruit and Funk Series, each available for two months at a time.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Release: Mid-March, 2015