Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced the release of the 2016 vintage of Blueberry Northwest Sour Ale in bottles and on draft.
The meticulous process of creating the 2016 Batch of Blueberry Northwest Sour Ale began with a blend of sour Wheat and Blonde Ales. To give the beer its distinctive fruity characteristics, the brewery then sourced over “8000 pounds of fresh blueberries from Oregon’s bountiful Willamette Valley.” The brewing team “hand-sorted the freshly picked fruit then added it to both tanks and barrels where it aged on the beer for several months until the fruit character reached its fullest expression.” To achieve the perfect flavor profile and level of balance, Blueberry Northwest Sour Ale is finished by blending “the fruited beer . . . with a portion of non-fruited barrel-aged beer.”
“The 2016 growing season delivered fruit with elegant blueberry aromatics, providing clean fruit expression to this blend,” stated Kevin Martin, lead blender for Cascade Brewing. “The project is complemented by the dry, cereal grain notes of the beer with hints of lemon, a soft oak presence and lively acidity.”
The 2016 Batch of Blueberry Ale yielded 1,190 cases of 750ml bottles and 225 kegs. This beer was initially released on Tuesday, January 3 at Cascade Brewing locations. Blueberry Ale typically sees distribution in bottles and on draft, so Sour Ale fans in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution should keep an eye out for this one to eventually turn up on shelves and taps. Prost!
Vital Information for Blueberry Northwest Sour Ale (2016) from Cascade Brewing
Release – Limited, beginning January 3, 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 8.5%
Treatment – Blend of sour Wheat and Blond ales aged in white wine barrels for up to 12 months with fresh blueberries