Saint Arnold Brewing Company (Houston, Texas) has officially announced the Limited Release of Bishop’s Barrel No. 22, a Texas honey Saison aged in chardonnay barrels for a year with peaches, apricots and the wild yeast brettanomyces.
What is now known as Bishop Barrel No. 22 was first created in 2017 when Wood Cellar and Specialty Brewer Colin Klingemann enhanced the recipe for the previously released Icon Gold – Texas Honey Saison with the addition of “peaches and brettanomyces bruxellensis as a holiday gift for [Saint Arnold employees].” The result was an instant hit with the staff and the decision was ultimately made to make it a part of the Bishop’s Barrel Program by adding “900 pounds of apricot purée” to the holiday recipe and then aging it “for a year in three different types of chardonnay barrels, including some that housed Bishop’s Barrel No. 19.” This treatment turned Bishop’s Barrel No. 22 (8% ABV) into “a tart, yet balanced Saison with up front notes of baked bread, stone fruit, oak, white wine, and funk.”
“This is one of the most wine-like beers we’ve ever brewed,” said Colin Klingemann, Wood Cellar and Specialty Brewer at Saint Arnold. “It’s really light and balanced on the palate while still offering a variety of flavors.”
“I always look forward to seeing how our beers interact with the extra wine or spirit in the variety of barrels we’ve used for this series,” said Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner. “This beer demonstrates the artistry of blending wood, fruit, and wild yeast to achieve the balanced flavor we were seeking.”
Bishop’s Barrel No. 22 is officially hitting distribution today – Monday, November 26 – with availability in 12 oz. bottles and on draft. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located within Saint Arnold’s distribution footprint in Texas and Louisiana. Prost!
Vital Information for Bishop’s Barrel No. 22 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Release – Limited/Bishop’s Barrel Series; late-November 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 20
Treatment – Aged for a year in three different types of chardonnay barrels with the addition of peaches, apricots & brettanomyces
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Texas & Louisiana