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UnderCurrants series unveiled by Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks

UnderCurrants series unveiled by Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks

Undercurrants by Firestone Walker Barrel Works BeerPulse

Cross-Continental Wild Beer Infused with Whole Black Currants from Poland

(Buellton, CA) – From the fields of Poland to the coast of California comes UnderCurrants — an inaugural cross-continental wild beer from Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks.

“We have been toying around with the idea of a currant-infused beer for several years now,” said Barrelworks’ Master Blender Jim Crooks. “We finally decided to strike when we were able to score beautiful whole black currants from a farmer in Poland, which is renowned as one of the world’s finest currant-growing regions.”

The result is a wildly flavorful beer that is bursting with rich currant goodness.

This inaugural release of UnderCurrants will begin rolling out next week to all Firestone Walker markets in limited draft and 375-ml bottle formats. It is the second of five bottled Barrelworks wild ale releases slated for 2018.

The Making of UnderCurrants

After hand harvesting in Poland, the whole black currants were treated with IQF (individually quick frozen) technology to perfectly preserve their fresh aromas and flavors, then shipped to California and delivered to Barrelworks last summer.

“We knew that fresh fruit flavors were critical to the success of this beer, and this amazing IQF technology made it possible,” Crooks said.

Crooks and his team blended the currants with 150 barrels of Agrestic Ale (Barrelworks’ wild iteration of Firestone Walker’s signature DBA pale ale) that had been aging for 12 to 48 months. The currant-infused Agrestic blend was then inoculated with Barrelworks’ proprietary Brettanomyces yeast and aged for an additional four months in oak foeders.

Lastly, more Agrestic Ale was added back into the blend to achieve an optimal balance of currant flavor and texture. “The intensity of the currant flavors was out of this world,” Crooks said. “By cutting more Agrestic into the final blend, we were able to dial everything into perfect balance.”

An Homage to A Classic

UnderCurrants also pays homage to the iconic Consecration ale made by Russian River Brewing Company, with whom Firestone Walker has collaborated many times over the years. In fact, Barrelworks beers are bottled with a bottling line inherited from Russian River.

“Consecration sets the standard for currant-infused beers, and UnderCurrants now becomes our own contribution to the style,” said Jeffers Richardson, director of Barrelworks. “We think it will blow some minds.”

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a pioneering regional craft brewery founded in 1996 and located on the coast of California. Firestone Walker’s main brewery in Paso Robles produces a diverse portfolio ranging from iconic pale ales to vintage barrel-aged beers. The Barrelworks facility in Buellton makes eccentric wild ales, while the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice specializes in R&D beers and limited local offerings. For more information: FirestoneBeer.com.

Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse makes US debut

Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse makes US debut

Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse label BeerPulse

Year-Round release from Stone Brewing – Berlin to be imported for a limited time

(Escondido, CA) – Just two short years after the history-making opening of Stone Brewing – Berlin, the brewery’s beers are now distributed to 25 European countries, making Stone one of the most widely distributed and sought after breweries in Germany. Not content to rest on the hoppy laurels of the company’s world-renowned reputation for American IPAs, the latest in the brewery’s year-round selection is the Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse. Brewed true to the style’s namesake origin of Berlin, the tart and refreshing beer is now enjoying a special limited availability in the US.

For the history buffs: The Berliner Weisse is a style dating back to at least the 16th century, and to this day, European appellation labeling standards require that a beer must be brewed within the city of Berlin to call the beer a “Berliner Weisse.” A complex sour beer, the style was once honored by Napoleon as the “Champagne of the North.” It’s now enjoying a resurgence by small brewers in the US and elsewhere in the world, many of whom are creating amazing variations with fruit and other creative additives. As Stone deepens its roots in the city of Berlin, it seems only fitting that the team would take an interest in exploring the style in its purest and most authentic form.

“As global participants in the craft beer community, Stone has the unique opportunity to share beers across locations, highlighting the different local and regional influences along the way,” stated Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder. “Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse features the work of our talented team at Stone Berlin, and we’re truly honored to be among Berlin’s craft brewers taking charge as the revivalists to help return this style to its former glory.”

The new release gains its orthodox lightly sour and acidic character from a specially selected historic Lactobacillus strain sourced from Berlin’s cultures. To ensure a properly Stone – and therefore iconoclastic – Berliner Weisse, the ABV is a bit stronger than is typical for the style yet still a modest – by American craft brewing standards – 4.7% ABV. Hopped with newer German varieties Calista and Hüll Melon, the aroma leads with lemon, peach and melon and the unexpectedly bold and pleasantly refreshing tart flavor punches above its ABV weight.

It’s important to note that Stone does not suggest (or even allow) the addition of flavored syrups to its Berliner Weisse, noting that the addition of these syrups only began in modern times and is not true to the authentic origin of the beer style.

Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse will debut in the US beginning this week throughout California with a broad national launch in the fall. It will be imported in 0.33l six-pack cans and can be found using Stone’s Beer Finder: find.stonebrewing.com. The beer is also available on draft at the source: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin.

QUICK FACTS
Name: Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse
Web: stonebrewing.com/berlinerweisse
Stats: 4.7% ABV, 12 IBUs
Packaging: 0.33l six-pack cans and draft
Featured Hops: Calista and Hüll Melon
Distribution: California beginning this week, national this fall
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com

TASTING NOTES
Appearance: Pours cloudy golden with a white head.
Aroma: Intense lemon, peach and melon flavors alongside some rhubarb notes.
Taste: An intense, but well balanced sour.
Palate: Medium body with no perceivable sweetness. A clean acidic finish.
Overall: This is a refreshing year-round beer!

PAIRING NOTES
Appetizers: Stone-Style Hemp Seed Pretzels*, Salty Sausage & Stinky Cheese Plate***, Ceviche, Asparagus w/ poached egg
Salads: Cucumber Salad, Lambs Lettuce w/ Red Wine Vinaigrette
Entrees: Pan Roasted Barramundi*, Banh Mi**, Forelle Müllerin
Dessert: Blueberry Blue Cheese Jalapeno Cheesecake*, Comté and Morbier Cheeses

ABOUT STONE BREWING
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 8th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an award-winning industry leader, Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company was the first American craft brewer to build, own and operate its own brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia in 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing… and pledging never, ever, sell out to the man. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit stonebrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Full Sail Summa’ Time Lime Lager joins Pub Series

Full Sail Summa’ Time Lime Lager joins Pub Series

Full Sail Summa Time Lime Lager bottles BeerPulse

(Hood River, OR) – Summertime along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River has a no-shirt, no-shoes, no-problem kind of vibe, and Full Sail Brewing Co.’s latest Pub Series offering brings that on-the-beach attitude to you wherever your summer finds you.

“I’m super happy with how this beer turned out,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Greg Doss. “We designed Summa’ Time Lime around the idea of adding a slice of lime to my favorite summer lager and the result is a light, refreshing, crushable lager with a hint of lime for enjoying at the beach or on the river.”

Celeia and Northern Brewer hops, pilsner malt and flaked yellow corn, and a hint of lime work seamlessly together in this thirst-quenching, fresh and zesty, easy-drinking lager. Full Sail Summa’ Time Lime Lager is available May to August in 6-packs, on draft and in the Full Sail Trophy Case variety pack. 4.5% ABV, 15 IBUs.

About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peak of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including more than 200 gold medals and Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.

Crooked Stave announces Persica Day and Annual Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend

Crooked Stave announces Persica Day and Annual Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend

Crooked Stave Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend 2018 BeerPulse

Denver, CO – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is excited to announce Persica Day, centered around the brewery’s yearly release of Persica, their most coveted Golden Sour Ale aged with local Palisade Peaches. The brewery’s first rendition of Persia was released in 2011 and continues to be released nearly every year at the Crooked Stave taproom. For 2018, Persica Day and the Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend will focus on Colorado’s wonderful local peaches and various stone fruit.

“Primary fermented with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, Persica further ages in large oak foeders with Palisade Peaches. We are especially excited about our Harvest 2017 peaches that were used in our upcoming release since they are the exact same varieties and blend as we first used in 2011,” states Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Owner and Brewmaster. “We are always striving to recreate that first perfect batch, and this year may just be the year.”

Persica Day and Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend will begin on June 2nd, 2018 at the Crooked Stave tasting room on Brighton Blvd. The weekend-long festivities will be a celebration of all things stone fruit including peach, apricot, and plum taking over all 22 tap lines with delicious vintage and barrel-aged beers from the Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar.

The Crooked Stave taproom event “Persica Day & Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend” will be the official release of Persica Harvest 2017. Beer release festivities will be starting at 12:00 pm MST at the 3350 Brighton Blvd Taproom, event details include:

First 10 oz. pour of Persica Harvest 2017 includes a custom Persica glass to keep ($15)
Additional pours of all stone fruit sours are $6/10 oz.
2017 Persica Release, 750ml cork and cage bottles ($28) and 1.5 L Magnum ($70)
Variety of vintage Persica bottles and draught available
Magnums of over 30 different brands available for sale
22 tap lines featuring vintage and new releases of Crooked Stave stone fruit sours
Persica 2015, Persica 2016, Persica 2017, Surette Reserva Palisade Peach 2016, Vieille Reserva Prunus Armeniaca, Colorado Reserva Green Bartlett Pear, Batch #50 with other varieties to be announced…leading up to the festival
Von Pilsner, IPA, Colorado WildSage, St. Bretta and Sour Rosé available in cans for onsite consumption ($3)

About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Founded in Denver, CO in late 2010 as an artisan beer project, Crooked Stave is the culmination of brewmaster and “Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The resulting creations, most of which use Brettanomyces yeasts and mature in oak, are beers of extraordinary complexity.

Door County Pastoral Saison returns as seasonal release in mid-May

Door County Pastoral Saison returns as seasonal release in mid-May

Door County Pastoral labels BeerPulse

Baileys Harbor, WI – Door County Brewing Co. is excited to announce the return of Pastoral Saison as a seasonal release. Last brewed in the summer of 2016, Pastoral is a Belgian style saison featuring a simplistic malt bill fermented with our house Belgian yeast strain. Pastoral is tributed to the hard seasonal workers that forged our heritage in Door County. This seasonal saison is refreshing and dry with hints of pepper, citrus, and green grass—this recipe is not just about the beauty in simplicity but also the pride in tradition. Pastoral will see distribution across Wisconsin starting in mid May.

“Pastoral is a favorite of ours due to the fact that it’s one of those beers that achieves complexity through the use of simple ingredients yet still remains extremely drinkable,” explains Door County Brewing Co.’s Founder and Head Brewer Danny McMahon. “We all feel a deep connection to saison brewing and the Belgian heritage that exists in Door County, so we couldn’t be more excited to bring back Pastoral for the summertime.”

Pastoral will be available in four packs of 16 oz. cans and in half and sixth barrels from Wisconsin Distributors Inc., Flanigan Distributors, all Badger Beverage Alliance distributors, and La Crosse Beverage. Four packs of Pastoral will be available for to-go sales at Door County Brewing Co. Taproom & Music Hall starting in mid May.