A Picture of Nectar

American Wild Ale with apricots Brewed in April 2013, after primary fermentation in stainless steel this light golden beer was sent into a quartet of wine barrels historically used for our fruited sour beers. Its base of wheat and Vienna malts provided ample fodder for our resident microflora while aged whole leaf hops offered preservative properties without adding bitterness or hop flavor. [wpex More= "Read more" less="Read less"]Over twelve months the beer developed tartness and complexity, and in May we added organic apricot nectar to each of the four barrels. As the fresh fermentation proceeded the sweetness of the apricots diminished, leaving behind the aroma and flavor of the fruit complemented by a very dry palate, soft acidity, and delicate complexity from Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus, among countless other “bugs” in the wood. This well-timed release from the CBC Barrel Cellar brings refreshing tartness to the flavors of stone fruit in the midst of August’s dog days. Of course, we’d be remiss in failing to mention that A Picture of Nectar is named after the now-classic album released in 1992 by the progressive rock jam-band Phish. Worry not, you needn’t be a Phish Head to appreciate the beer’s bright acid and heady fruitiness. Rock on! And whatever you do, take care of your shoes. On Tap CBC Pricing Flute $6.00[/wpex]

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