Farmer Direct: Flavortop Nectarine
The magicians at Frog Hollow Farm have once again grown some of the greatest stonefruit we have ever seen. The Flavortop Nectarines in this beer were the drippiest, juicy and aromatic nectarines we have ever seen. It was a real pleasure to hand process each nectarine and infuse them into selected barrel aged sour ale for extended extraction of the divine fruit aromas and flavors.
500mL bottle – $15
Reintroducing Mango/Mosaic, a barrel-aged sour ale fermented with an immense amount of mango and hopped with the finest Mosaic. Like Batch 1 we highly suggest gently swirling the bottle upside-down to rouse the settled mango pulp into suspension or you may decant and leave the sediment in the bottle for a less fruit driven experience. The base is a blend of aged barrels of sour ale and saison that bring a lively acidity and white wine flavors. The beer is divinely juicy with Kern’s nectar level fruit. Adding to the huge mango quality is a funky, resinous Mosaic hoppiness that layers in further fruit, but also pine sap and guava.
750ml – bottle – $24
2020 brought us humans a lot of BS. One bright light was the amazing syrah grapes we got for this next vintage of our Syrah — a collaborative wine/beer hybrid brewed by Cellarmaker with grapes sourced from Santa Ynez by Central California’s @whitcraftwinery through Matt Crist (@mattycwines) otherwise known as “My Friend Matt’s Vineyard.” A beer like no other, Syrah is only such by pure statistics.
Carefully chosen barrel-aged sour ale is refermented on top of the choicest California grown whole cluster Syrah grapes in order to infuse every ounce with the exceptional properties of wine. The transmutation is pursued in its entirety until something wholly unbeer-like remains.
At first pour, one will notice a nearly complete lack of carbonation as we have intentionally diminished the reconditioning to only that which is needed to help remove oxygen and stabilize the beer. The color is a vibrant yet transfixing cerise adjoined with the many aromas of red — strawberry, cherry, blackberry — all which lead to a sip with flavors of similar attractive origin. The spice of wood, whether from knotted oak or the hardened grape stems, is a subtle staccato counterpoint to the legato of luscious fruit.
500mL bottle – $20