Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the release of Figaro 2015 on Tuesday, June 27.
This latest batch of Cascade Brewing’s Figaro project “is a blend of sour strong blond ales aged in chardonnay barrels for up to 18 months with white figs, lemon peel and orange peel.” This beer begins as a Strong Blonde Ale that is left to mature in “freshly emptied chardonnay barrels from the Willamette Valley wine region.” After several months, the brewers then add lemon peel, orange peel and dried white figs to each barrel to carefully “allow a slow, steady fruit fermentation to take place.” The beer is then dosed with several more fig additions over a 12-month period, taking on “layer upon layer” of fruit flavor. Once the barrel process is completed, Figaro 2015 finally comes to be once “the fruited beer is . . . transferred to a stainless steel tank and blended with a small portion of non-fruited sour blond ale until the desired balance of flavors is achieved.”
“The release of Figaro is welcome news to many of our consumers and wholesalers alike due to the fact that we have been out of stock on this item for more than six months,” noted Tim Larrance, VP of Marketing and Sales. “The 2014 release sold out in record time and we fully expect this one to do the same.”
Figaro 2015 officially releases in both of Cascade Brewing’s pubs, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House and the Raccoon Lodge, at noon (PDT) on Tuesday, June 27. Shortly after the brewery release, this Tier One offering will then become available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network. This beer is always in great demand, so be sure to keep an eye out for Figaro 2015 before it most assuredly sells out. Prost!
Vital Information for Figaro 2015 from Cascade Brewing
Release – Limited/Tier One; June 27, 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9%
Treatment – A Sour Strong Blonde Ale aged for up to 18 months in Chardonnay barrels with white figs, lemon peel and orange peel; then blended with a small portion of non-fruited Sour Blond Ale
Added Ingredients – White figs, lemon peel & orange peel
Availability – 750 ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning the new labels and tier designations: “Cascade’s new bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.”