There's Wine in My Beer...

Hey Thirsty Girls. Did you know they put beer into wine barrels now? For all of you vino lovers out there that haven’t ventured into the world of beer quite yet, this might be your gateway drug. The hottest trend in breweries right now is barrel aging beer. Sour beers in particular are being put into used wine barrels to pick up their flavor. So take a blonde ale, throw in some wild yeast, maybe some kind of berry, let it take a nap in a nice Pinot Noir barrel… and boom a few months later you have a delicious beverage that tastes like you should be sitting on the beach on a hot summer day. I personally am a big fan of these styles for their ability to be sipped. So for those of you who’s go-to movie candy growing up was Sour Patch Kids, but now you’d rather opt for an adult beverage, this might be your new favorite thing. Below are my favorites on the market right now. Don't forget your Wine Wipes!   Cheers!  

Almanac Beer Co. Dogpatch Sour

A sour blonde ale aged in wine barrels with pluots

Russian River Brewing Co. - Supplication

A brown ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels with sour cherries

Russian River Brewing Co. - Consecration

A dark ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with black currants

Good Island Beer Company - Lolita

A pink rosé colored Belgian style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels

Almanac Beer Company - Farmers Reserve Grand Cru

This beer combines California-grown Muscat Blanc grapes with an imperial version of their Farmer’s Reserve sour blonde base and ages them for over a year in French oak barrels

Cascade Brewing - Elderberry 

A blend of red ales aged in red wine barrels for up to 25 months with dried elderberries