Our third entry in our barrel-aged Farmer’s Reserve series is an ode to summer. When summer comes to California’s farmer’s markets, the stands explode with mountains of stone fruit and strawberries. We selected the sweetest coastal strawberries from Swanton Berry Farm and high summer Crimson Baby nectarines from Blossom Bluff Farms to make this tart, wild ale as a celebration of our California summer.
Aged for 12 months in used white wine barrels with a blend of wild belgian yeasts and bacteria, this tart and bright wild ale has a huge aroma and tart finish.
Our Farm to Barrel beers highlight the tradition of aging beers in oak barrels. This American wild ale was aged in used wine barrels for an entire year. In the barrels we blended a classic Belgian-style ale with a selection of fall and winter fruits and a cocktail of wild Belgian yeasts. The yeast slowly morph the beer from a traditional ale into something wild, creating an acidic bite as well as pulling oak and vanilla flavors from the barrel. After a year, the barrels are blended back together—creating a vinous, delicate beer that captures a specific moment in time from our select Northern California Farms. Farm to Barrel Beers are alive in the bottle, and will continue to mature gracefully for up to 5 year