Anchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco, California) has officially launched Blonde Orange Blonde as the latest release from their Pacific Siren Series.
Hitting shelves and taps just in time for the summer months, Blood Orange Blonde is “a refreshingly unique Blonde Ale” that highlights “the delectable taste of the blood orange.” This offering’s citrus characteristics actually begin to surface in the brewhouse when brewers add California orange peels to the kettle. Blood orange – the Sanguinello cultivar – is then introduced during secondary fermentation to combine the fruit’s “enticingly rich aroma and tangy-sweet juiciness” with the base beer’s “mild hop bitterness, subtle malty sweetness, and . . . long, dry finish.” Joining Mango Wheat and Meyer Lemon Lager, Blood Orange Blonde is now the third release currently available in Anchor’s Pacific Siren Series.
“Blood Orange Blonde is an exciting addition to our wildly popular Pacific Siren Series,” said Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “This refreshing, crisp craft brew gets some of its citrusy aroma in the brewhouse, where California orange peels are added to the brew kettle. However, most of the action is in the cellar where the blood orange fruit—the Sanguinello cultivar variety—is added during secondary fermentation. The result is a fruit-forward blonde ale with a tangy citrus tartness, hints of sweet malt and honey notes and a dry orange peel bitterness at the back end.”
Blood Orange Blonde officially releases in May 2017 and will be available as a Year-Round offering. You can expect to find this new offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of Anchor Brewing’s national distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Blood Orange Blonde from Anchor Brewing Company
Release – Year-Round/Pacific Siren Series, launching May 2017
Style – American Blonde Ale
ABV – 4.5%
Malts – Blend of Tow-Row Pale & Pilsner
Hops – Cluster & Experimental No. 431
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.anchorbrewing.com/connect/beer_finder
Fun Fact – “The eye-catching packaging artwork for Blood Orange Blonde stays true to its Pacific Siren Series counterparts, donning an illustrated siren inspired by a 75-year-old California fruit crate label. Fruit-crate labels have a long and colorful history in California dating to the late nineteenth century. Most such agricultural art features enticingly succulent fruit and an idealized pastoral landscape. Anchor’s Pacific Siren Series labels however—as unique as the beers themselves—feature a stunning siren.”