I received this beer as a birthday present in 2013 and it sat in my fridge for several months mocking me, goading me. After taking a recent trip to Orange County and trying several of the Bruery’s sour efforts I felt like the time had come to crack this beer open.
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Anchorage Brewing Company decided from the get go that they were going to do things just a little bit differently than the average craft brewery. All of their beers are barrel aged and fermented with Brettanomyces (and other sour yeasts). This allows brewer Gabe Fletcher to take tried and true styles and send them off down whole new pathways created by this oft-unpredictable fermentation process. This is what makes trying this beer all that much more exciting.
I’m going to use this time to “complain” about something that I really shouldn’t “complain” about at all: the use of odd ingredients in beer. Don’t get me wrong, this is something that I love as a beer consumer. As a beer reviewer it’s a whole different story. More often that not when a brewery has made a beer using some unique ingredient like lychee, yarrow, or some other fruit/plant I’ve never heard of it both excites me and annoys me. I love weird ingredients creating a unique take on a beer style that I’ve tried 100x before, but when it comes to reviews I hate not knowing what I’m looking for or how to detect said flavor/aroma. There’s been numerous times where I’ve found myself saying something along the lines of “I don’t know what this weird smell/taste is, so it must be that odd ingredient I’ve never tried before”. This is frustrating, especially for someone like myself who is always trying new beers. Now I do realize that my “annoyance” should be with my unrefined palate and not with the brewers/beer, but self-reflection is not my strong suit, that is what the blog is for. Where was I going with this? Oh, yeah, a new beer review. A beer using a fruit that I’ve never had because I’m a plebeian. Check it out.
American wild ale is a very wide-ranged category. This can be a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing. I like the idea of knowing exactly what I’m getting when I purchase a beer, but I love being blown away by a beer that I wasn’t expecting. This is why these open-ended categories can cause headaches. That and the fact that I’m a finnicky little girl. But I digress. I’m here to talk about a collaboration between two of my favorite breweries: The Lost Abbey and New Belgium.
Russian River and Sierra Nevada are two of my favorite West Coast breweries. Almost every beer they make is a winner in one way or another, so to say that I was looking forward to this would be a massive understatement. Did it live up to the hype (that I created in my brain)? Let’s find out.
I purchased this beer back when I rolled through Santa Rosa on my way home from the Great Pumpkin Beer Fest, so it’s been sitting in my “cellar” for the past 7-8 months. I’m a huge fan of sour ales and I was willing to spend the money ($20 for a 375ml bottle) since all of the proceeds were going to charity.FRAMBOISE FOR A CURE is an American Wild Ale with a 6.5% ABV.
I rolled into Breakwater Brewing knowing nothing about the brewery, only that it was on my way home. I scanned the menu and saw a couple different beers that looked interesting, but only one really jumped out at me.
BIERE DU JOUR is an American Wild Ale/Flanders Red Ale with a 6.9% ABV and a practically non-existent 22 IBUs.