Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Saisonztraminer, the newest creation to come out of the brewery’s Co-Fermentation Project, on July 12.
Like all Co-Fermentation Projects from Brewery Ommegang, Saisonztraminer is a creative offering that “explores the interaction of grapes and grain, aspiring to achieve a blend that surpasses the sum of its parts.” To reach this goal, Saisonztraminer begins its journey as a “delicate Farmhouse Saison” that goes on to have its “wort . . . blended with Gewürztraminer grape juice and then co-fermented using the brewery’s Belgian house yeast.” This approach yields a “beer with all the peppery phenols and lively effervescence of a traditional Saison, but with flavors of rose petals, lychee fruit and honeysuckle, and vinous minerality that would be impossible to achieve without co-fermentation.” Coming in at 6.7% ABV, the finished Saisonztraminer truly “[blurs] the line between brewing and winemaking.”
“Each release co-ferments a blend of traditionally brewed wort and the juice of wine grapes, with fermentation often followed by a period of aging in oak wine barrels,” explains Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “Our hope is to surprise even the most discerning palates, expanding expectations of what beer can be.”
Saisonztraminer will debut at Brewery Ommegang on July 12 and distribution is scheduled to follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, New York and other select markets found within the brewery’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Saisonztraminer from Brewery Ommegang
Release – Limited/Co-Fermentation Project; launching July 12, 2019
Style – Saison/Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 18
Malts – 2-Row, White Wheat & Vienna
Hops – Bravo & Citra
Added Ingredients – Gewürztraminer grape juice
Yeast – Ommegang house yeast
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, and Washington, DC