5 Rabbit Cervecería (Bedford Park, Illinois) has officially announced the release of Cascarudo, a cascara-infused Kettle-Soured Red Ale brewed in collaboration with Central State Brewing Company (Indianapolis, Indiana).
Costa Rican for shameless, Cascarudo was born out of 5 Rabbit Cervecería’s inclination to experiment with cascara – the dried pulped skins of the coffee cherry. After comparing notes on this rarely used ingredient at the last Uppers and Downers Coffee and Beer Festival in Chicago, 5 Rabbit and Central State Brewing Company decided to tackle this project together. Once the cascara was sourced from Gaslight Coffee Roasters, the two breweries decided to create a “beautifully balanced kettle sour red” to act as the vehicle for the featured ingredient. The cascara “adds layers of red fruit, leather and funk” while orange peel and ginger complement the malt bill and “[brighten] the beer as a whole.” To put the finishing touch on Cascarudo, the brewers rounded the beer off by adding oak spirals during fermentation.
Cascarudo is available now in 750ml bottles, and you can expect to find this limited-release collaboration “where good beer is sold” within 5 Rabbit’s distribution area. This unique brew is guaranteed to catch the eye of many in the craft beer community, so be sure to check it out before it disappears from shelves. Prost!
Vital Information for Cascarudo from 5 Rabbit Cervecería & Central State Brewing Company
Release – Limited, late-June 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.3%
Added Ingredients – Coffee cascara, ginger, orange peel & oak
Availability – 750ml bottles