Rare Beer: Firestone Walker, Perennial, New Holland

Firestone Walker Bretta Rose
* limit 1 per person*

Thirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley.  Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil.  One of Santa Maria’s crown jewels is locally grown raspberries.  We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations.  Behold Bretta Rosé!  A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem.  Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary  wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish.

Perennial Funky Wit
*limit 1 per person*

Funky Wit, our wild take on a traditional Belgian Witbier! The wort is spiced with coriander, black peppercorns, and sweet and bitter orange peel before beginning a mixed fermentation with ale yeast and an array of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus strains. This batch has been bubbling happily away in oak since February. Tart and spicy at the beginning, Funky Wit has a fluffy mouthfeel and ends with a lingering sweet coconut imparted by the oak.

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve
*limit 2 per person*

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The chocolate character in Dragon’s Milk is enhanced by the soft chili heat and mellowed out by the flavors of vanilla and cinnamon. It’s simply delicious and continues to show how well Dragon’s Milk can play with new flavors.

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