Sly Fox Brewing Company, originally based out of Phoenixville, PA but now brewing in Pottstown, PA, will always hold a special place in my heart. As I have expressed in other reviews I have been going to Sly Fox since well before I could drink beer with my parents. They have always been innovating and producing great beers and growing with their market.
Oxbow Brewing Company out of Newcastle, Maine is a relatively new brewery to me. I’ve heard about them through various conversations and online forum postings, but only had the opportunity to try a few of their beers within the past month. I acquired a bottle of their Stillbow Oxtisanal, a collaboration with Oxbow and Stillwater Artisanal Ales. This is billed as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale aged in blueberry wine barrels for 20 months.
Its return has been three years in the making, a Belgian-style Tripel aged in oak wine barrels and virgin oak barrels inoculated with two barrels of Splinter Gold (2010) and infused with Brettanomyces. Phew. Troegs says this “is a highly-carbonated, bone-dry wild ale boasting a rich Bret ‘funk’ married with lush vanilla, toasted coconut, and oaky tannins.” This is the only Splinter beer I’ve yet to try, I’m hoping it’s as good as they say it is.
One of Allagash’s annual releases, Interlude, combines a crisp Saison with red wine barrels. To top it all off, brettanomyces (brett) is added into the barrel too, giving the beer a tangy, funky edge. We have the quite young 2012 vintage but if Allagash’s reputation means anything, this beer should certainly be a treat.
Upland Brewing Co. out of Indiana is notorious for releasing a wide variety of fruited Lambics. One I recently had the chance to try was a 2011 bottle of their Persimmon Lambic. The fruit itself is new to me, so I wasn’t really sure exactly what flavors to be expecting out of this one. A big thanks goes out to Jason for the chance to try this one.