Highland Brewing Launches Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale as New Seasonal

bigbriardrop_editedHighland Brewing Company (Asheville, North Carolina) has announced the release of Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale as the brewery’s spring to summer Seasonal offering.

Brewed with all natural ingredients, Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale arrives as the perfect option to help us all transition from spring to summer.  The recipe for this new seasonal brew employs the use of “seven and a half pounds of 100% raspberry puree per barrel of beer.”  The raspberries are added during “the most aggressive stage of fermentation” so that the yeast is able to “eat the berries’ natural sugar, removing sweetness and leaving raspberry essence in aroma, color and tartness.” The berries may be the headliner, but the base beer still comes through to lend “complementary lemon notes to the raspberry aroma and flavor.”  The finished beer clocks in at an easy-drinking and refreshing 5.4% ABV and 15 IBUs.

There’s natural convection when we add the raspberry. The yeast is churning so much that the berries distribute naturally in a 200-barrel tank, top to bottom. The blowoff is pink,” said Brewmaster Hollie Stephenson.

Like all seasonal offerings from Highland Brewing, Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale has been named after a land or water feature protected by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.  Big Briar Cove is a conservation easement donated in memory of inventor and electronic music pioneer, Bob Moog. Big Briar is part of a network of 10,000 protected acres in the wider Sandy Mush area of the French Broad River watershed in North Carolina.  During the Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale release party on April 28, Highland Brewing will donate $1 per pour of the Seasonal to benefit the mission and efforts of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale will officially release at the brewery on April 28 and hit the market by late April.  This Seasonal offering will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Highland’s distribution footprint.  Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale will only be around for the warm weather months, so be sure to check it out once it drops later this month.  Prost!

Vital Information for Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale from Highland Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal, launching late-April 2017
Style – Fruit Beer
ABV – 5.4%
IBUs – 15
Malts – 2 Row Brewers Malt, White Wheat, Caramel 20 & Sauermaltz
Hops – El Dorado
Added Ingredients –  Pureed raspberries
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://highlandbrewing.com/beer-finder/
Suggested Food Pairings – “Balance the pleasant tartness of this brew with grilled sweet Italian sausage and caramelized onions on a hoagie roll. For a sweeter pairing, try cheesecake topped with a berry reduction.”