Almanac Beer Co SF Beer Week 2014

Almanac Beer SF Beer Week 2014 Barrel Aged Special Releases

Almanac Beer Co released details about three special barrel aged beers they will be releasing at SF Beer Week 2014.  The beers represent what Alamanac is all about: boldly flavorful beers that draw inspiration and ingredients from our rich Northern California agricultural bounty.

Sourdough Wild Ale
Brewed with a mash of raw and malted barley, oats, rye, spelt and lemon, this beer is fermented in used wine barrels with a blend of Brettanomyces wild yeasts and Marla Bakery’s San Francisco Sourdough yeast. The finished beer is dry-hopped with tropical Mosaic hops. This unfiltered ale is alive in the bottle: drink fresh for a bright, passionfruit aroma or age to develop the wild yeast funk.

6.5% ABV | 375ml bottles & limited draft

Valley of the Heart’s Delight
This sour ale is inspired by the agricultural history of the Santa Clara Valley. Long before it became Silicon Valley, it was known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight, a fertile basin overflowing with fruit orchards. Brewed with foraged apricots, loquats and cherries handpicked by the Garden To Table non-profit, this collaborative beer celebrates and supports their mission to promote urban farming in San Jose.

7% ABV | 375ml bottles & limited draft

Brandy Barrel Pêche
Historically, fruit-infused sour beers were a way of preserving the summer harvest. In that tradition, this blonde ale was added to brandy barrels with high-summer peaches, hand-picked by the Loewen family at Blossom Bluff Orchards in Reedley, California. We aged this liquid gold for six months until we needed a reminder that summer will come again. Pair with Prosciutto, crusty bread and fruit preserves.

7% ABV | 375ml bottles & limited draft

About Farm to Barrel:
Our Farm to Barrel beers focus on the eons-old tradition of aging beers in oak barrels. This American wild ale was aged in used wine casks with our house “Dogpatch” sour culture, a cocktail of wild Belgian and American yeasts, including San Francisco sourdough starter. The yeasts slowly morph the beer from a traditional ale into something wild, creating a mild acidic bite as well as pulling oak and vanilla flavors from the barrel. After maturing, the barrels are blended together—creating a vinous, delicate beer that captures the essence of a particular harvest. Farm to Barrel Beers are alive in the bottle, and will continue to mature gracefully for several years.

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