About the beer: Deep red hue, aroma of funk, tart & fruity with saison spiciness. Not malty sweet, but some malt body for the yeast and acidity (from lactobacillus & brettanomyces) to balance out. Aged in Francois Freres oak wine barrels.
About the cider: Sweet organic dark black cherries (Tonnemaker Hill Farms), Finnriver cider (gala, pinklady, granny smith), lactobacillus & pediococcus, brettanomyces & dv10 (dry wine yeast), some love, some hope, and some aging at Fort George in French oak wine barrels..
About the collaboration: Finnriver and Fort George have always had close ties. Tim Ensign (Fort George outside sales manager) and Jana Daisy-Ensign (Finnriver sales representative) not only have a mutual love of fermentation, they have also been happily married for many years. When a collaboration was first proposed, a union of sour cider and sour saison aged in wine barrels made perfect sense.
A Sweet Virginia Series bottle release for July 2017. This single batch will see limited Northwest distribution.