New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially introduced Southern Vine Sour as the newest Limited Release offering to come out of the brewery’s Wood Cellar Reserve program.
Crafted as an “homage to the southern culinary scene”, Southern Vine Sour is a “smooth-drinking” Golden Sour Ale that picks up “delightful white grape flavors” from the use of Scuppernong grapes, the official state fruit of North Carolina. To get the flavors balanced just right, the Scuppernongs were “refermented in a single French Oak foeder using the brewery’s golden sour base beer, which features the oldest, continuous souring culture in America. Prior to bottling, wild-harvested Sumac berries were added, harvested from the Wild Woodlands Sumac Groves of Ottawa, Canada.” After two years of development, Southern Vine Sour (8.4% ABV) has come together to be a “one-of-a-kind beer [that is] sweet throughout, sour in the middle and full of candy pineapple and floral notes.”
“Southern Vine Sour has it all – an individual barrel expression, fruit and spice experimentation, and fermentation exploration,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Brewing specialty brand manager. “It’s New Belgium ambition and passion in a bottle.”
“We brewed this in honor of our brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, and surrounding friends in the Southern states,” Emerton continued. “It is an elegant expression of two passions – wood and beer – and straddles the line between white wines and fruited American wild ales.”
Southern Vine Sour is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 375ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana. Prost!
Vital Information for Southern Vine Sour from New Belgium Brewing
Release – Limited/Wood Cellar Reserve, April 2019
Style – Golden Sour Ale
ABV – 8.4%
Added Ingredients – Wild Scuppernong grapes & wild Sumac berries
Fun Fact – “The Scuppernong grape is a variety of Muscadine, which is indigenous to the United States, and was first discovered off the coast of North Carolina over 400 years ago. That original grapevine, now referred to as the ‘Mothervine’, is the oldest cultivated grapevine in America. To source these grapes for Southern Vine Sour, New Belgium partnered with the Mothervine Wine Company, whose efforts go toward the protection and conservation of the original grapevine.”
Availability – 375ml bottles & draft
Distribution – Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas & Louisiana