Traditional English Barleywine (for Andre the Giant) 10% ABV. A spotlight for traditional English Maris Otter malt and a long 6 hour boil. Intense flavors of caramel and biscuity malt. Where this beer will shine is with aging, it will be fire in 2-4 years and has possibility for a decade of cellaring…or just drink it now you savages..
First new beer drop of 2021: Winter Warmer (for George Orwell) 9% ABV. What this beer REALLY is, is what was known in the early 1800s as a Burton Ale: a dark, strong, slightly sweet ale. Brewed not with dark roasted malts like porter and stout but with dark caramelized sugar syrups.
The town of Burton in England eventually became the hotbed of the new pale ales and the old style of dark strong ales quietly vanished except around wintertime when small casks would arrive to serve on the back bar. The classic English beer Fuller’s ESB used to be called Old Burton back in the day.
This beer is brewed with Maris Otter pale malt and two types of extra dark sugar syrups. Tastes like sugar daddies, tootsie rolls, dark fruit. Deadly drinkable for the 9% ABV.
Russian Imperial Stout (for John Bonham) 10% ABV. We started with a classic, traditional Imperial Stout in the style of when it was actually sent to Russia. Brewed with ultra orthodox ingredients like Maris Otter, Brown and Black malts and loads of EKG hops. We then aged it in wheat and rye whiskey barrels.
No candy bars or wacky flavors, no artificial ingredients. Just a beautiful stout rested in delicious barrels.
Mango Sour (for King Tubby) 5.8% ABV. A true mixed culture sour aged on a massive 3+ pounds of mangoes per gallon.
Aroma of juicy, ripe mangoes jump out of the glass. Perfect level of acidity is balanced by a silky mouthfeel from lots of oats. Just a beautiful, fruit forward sour ale.
Petite FramboZe (for Florian Schneider) 6% ABV. After we brew our jammy oak aged FramboZe there is still lots of flavor left in the raspberries so we add another beer and let it ferment on the fruit. It is still fermented with 100% wild culture sourced from the Asheville air.
Beautiful color and foam if not quite as insane as the FramboZe, plenty of raspberry in the aroma and flavor. Acidity is bright and refreshing, little to no funk. Just an absolute summer crusher and a fantastic value for this level of sour beer. Buy by the case!
Framboze (for Lucio Fulci) 6.7% ABV. We selected some prime 2 year old barrels of sour beer fermented with 100% wild culture from the Asheville air and aged them on almost 4# per gallon of raspberries.
Gorgeous blood red color with a bright pink foam. Intense raspberry character with bright acidity and just a hint of funk.
Tokyo Style Gose (for Takashi Mizutani) 4.7% ABV. This mixed culture sour was brewed with all local Riverbend malts, local Miso Masters white miso and pickled ginger.
Aroma of lemons and ginger, bright and thirst quenching acidity with delicate notes of pickled ginger and citrus. A fantastic summer refresher and would be a natural paired with sushi.
Biere de Coupage (for Werner Herzog) 6.4%. A 50/50 blend of double dry hopped saison and 2 year old sour barrels fermented with 100% wild yeast from the Asheville air.
The name translates as “beer for cutting (blending)” and was common in the past in many brewing cultures. Cutting a young beer with old sour beer adds complexity.
Aroma of ripe pineapple and stone fruit jump out of the glass. The sour beer adds a tangy quality that makes this very “juice” like. Super drinkable and delicious.