There are plenty of rośe inspired beers in the beer market right now. While they almost incorporate grapes, Epic Brewing Rośe, from the brewery’s Oak & Orchard Series, achieves a rose flavor with strawberries and an “epic” house mixed culture wild ale.
Epic Brewing’s sour program continues to impress us. Recent Oak & Orchard releases like Strawberry Rhubarb, and Pink Guava were some of the best American wild ales we tried at Beer Street Journal in 2018. (Incidentally, their Quadruple Barrel Baptist was one of our 2018 favorites as well.) Rośe Ale truly keeps this impressive flavor journey alive and well into a new year.
Strawberries, hibiscus, and rose hips are part of the approach for Epic Rośe. Each sip is a wash of oaky tart strawberry flavors, with a light, lingering floral aroma on your palate. The rose hips and hibiscus are perfectly subtle. This might be more enjoyable the sipping actual rośe wine. Far less sugary, and in our opinion, far more complex than any pink wine you’ll find at the same price point.
American wild ales grow in popularity in the United States every year. If you don’t know what to look out for, let us help. Don’t dare sleep on Epic’s Oak & Orchard Series. We fought over the last sips of Pink Guava, and sipping this Rośe Ale in the sun with hints of spring in the air made for a downright poetic drinking experience.
We can’t wait to see what the brewery does next ?.
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles
Debut: February 2019
Dogfish Head It’s The End Of the Wort As We Know It, a “nutrient-rich survival beer” on January 27th.
With an overt nod to the band R.E.M.’s seminal 90’s track, Dogfish Head It’s The End Of the Wort As We Know It will make a limited appearance at the Delaware brewery later this month.
Using nutrient-rich superfoods like including purple sweet potatoes, rose hips, chia seed, flax seed, spelt, oats and quinoa, Dogfish Head created a beer with 8x more Vitamin B than the leading light lager. Additionally, “End of the Wort” boasts 90% of the daily recommended serving of folic acid. That means this beer can fight anemia better than most beers. In an ironic twist, folate deficiency can be caused by alcoholism. (Life is confusing.)
In true “Off-Centered” fashion, each of the 200 bottles of Dogfish Head It’s The End Of the Wort As We Know It will sport a brewery branded Swiss Army Knife, survival blanket, and paracord. Everything you need to survive a wilderness drinking situation.
“We are not making any health claims in association with this beer. We are merely sharing our brewing process and the culinary ingredients we chose for the recipe that are rich in alluring aromas and flavors.” Slightly tart and subtly sweet with jammy blueberry, cranberry, and cherry flavors, this medium-bodied beer clocks in at 9% ABV and is a critical off-centered ale to include in your survival bunker. – Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Founder
Dogfish Head It’s The End Of the Wort As We Know It is limited to just 200 750 milliliter bottles. On sale for $45 dollars at the brewery on January 27th.
Style: Belgian-style Strong Ale ( Purple Sweet Potatoes. Rose Hips. Chia Seeds, Flax Seed, Spelt, Oats. Quinoa)
Malts: Oats, Spelt
Availability: 750ml Bottles. 200 Bottles, Brewery Only
Burial The Keeper’s Veil Honey Saison will be the next can release by the Asheville, North Carolina brewery.
Previously available on draft, Burial The Keeper’s Veil Honey Saison features local honey and Riverbend Malt’s 6 Row and wheat. The crown jewel of this beer is the addition of seven flowers and herbs from Asheville’s wildflower population. Flowers include heather, elderflower, lavender, Passion Flower, hibiscus, rose and chamomile.
Those who favor a saison with strong herbal notes, this beer is for you.
Burial The Keeper’s Veil Honey Saison will be available in 16 ounce cans during the last week of June. Distribution to follow.
Image: Burial Beer Co.
Monday Night Spirit Animal takes aim at the brewery’s elite Black Tie Series in 2015. Important to note, this beer is a sour.
Monday Night’s Black Tie Series has featured medal winning Bourbon Barrel Aged Drafty Kilt (a scotch ale), Master Splinter (Imperial red ale) and Hipster Fresh Hop Harvest, just to name a few. A sour beer changes the game a bit.
Crouching below the surface, hidden in the bubbles, prowling in the tang of the yeast of Spirit Animal, is a wolf. Wild and untamed, this sour ale echoes a time when beer was fermented in the open air in the moonlight.
This wolf is hungry, and he’s preying on your tastebuds. Prepare to be smote. Smiled. Smitten. Whatever.
Monday Night Spirit Animal is aged on toasted French oak and rose hips. Available in 22oz bottles. Monday Night tells Beer Street Journal that Spirit Animal is nearly ready, and will be shooting for an early July release.
A Beer Street Journal video short is coming soon.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: Early July, 2015
5.5% ABV, 15 IBUs
Cigar City Brewing’s (Tampa, FL) Sugar Plum Winter Porter look to make a can appearance this year. The once a year porter has been available in the past in 750ml bottles. It’s a bit of a complex porter as well, as you can see from the list of ingredients below.
A rich English-style Porter forms the stage for holiday flavors which dance a festive ballet highlighted by pirouetting leaps of winter-inspired spices. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, rose hips, and chamomile compliment the subtle chocolate and light coffee notes of the malt and the addition of roasted carob and chicory complete the performance. Brewed once a year to celebrate the season…
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.