Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that it will officially begin the limited release of Excolatur Dark Sour on February 10.
Coming at you straight out of Monday Night Brewing’s Garage Series, Excolatur – pronounced echo-lahtour and Latin for “development” – is a Dark Sour Ale that has spent over two years aging in Bourbon and Rum barrels and an additional four months over Montmorency cherries. To supply Excolatur with its lovely Wild/Sour Ale character, Monday Night’s brewers inoculated the beer with a combination of lactobacillus and pediococcus [to give it] a clean sourness with just enough funk to remind you it is, like the fox on the bottle, wild and untamed.” This all results in a 9.7% ABV Excolatur that possesses “an acidity similar to wine.”
“When I think of this beer, I think of a dark, double barrel aged, pretty agreeable dark sour. We get a lot of barrel expression from the rum and Bourbon barrels, and then we added another source of sugar with the Montmorency cherries,” said Monday Night’s head brewer and barrel program director Peter Kiley. “This is truly a one-of-a-kind beer that I’m not sure we can make again, so let’s enjoy it while we have it.”
After it makes an official debut at Monday Night Brewing’s Garage location on February 10, Excolatur will then enter distribution by mid-February. Once released, you can expect to find this Garage Series offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama and Georgia. Prost!
Vital Information for Excolatur Dark Sour from Monday Night Brewing
Release – Limited/Garage Series; launching February 10, 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.7%
IBUS – 15
Treatment – Aged for over two years in Bourbon & Rum barrels, then spent another four months on Montmorency cherries
Suggested Food Pairings – “Excolatur pairs well with a great steak, chocolate-covered cherries, or an outdoor fire pit with friends”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia