It’s Spring again! As usual, that means more seasonal beers are starting to hit the shelves. Victory Brewing Company released a great Spring seasonal this year called Kirsch Gose. It’s brewed using the traditional German process for an unfiltered wheat beer with the addition of coriander, salt and cherries.
Goose Island has ramped up production on two yearly releases, Lolita and Juliet, their wine barrel aged Wild Ales. The increase in production also moved the bottles from 22 oz to 750 ml, giving them a look more akin to a wine bottle. Today, Mike and Shane are sampling Juliet which is fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with blackberries.
The Blue Mountain Brewery in Arrington, VA has a “division” called Blue Mountain Barrel House according to them “focuses on the higher-end beers from Blue Mountain that require special processes, special ingredients, and a whole lot of patience.” From this collection comes their Sour Devil, a 10% ABV American Imperial Stout that has been aged in previously used bourbon barrels with added lactobacillus.
Cantillon. I can’t think of another word that makes “sour” beer lovers as excited as that one. Brasserie Cantillon, the famous Lambic/Gueuze producing brewery from Belgium makes some of the most sought after beers in the world. Recently, I opened a bottle of their Rosé De Gambrinus, a raspberry Lambic, to share with Nick on his birthday.
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.