Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Vintage Stock, a special collaboration project with Les Bourgeois Vineyards (Rocheport, Missouri) and Master Sommelier Doug Frost, on March 2.
Meticulously crafted for “beer lovers, wine lovers and everyone in between,” Vintage Stock is “a blend of two dark, moderately sour, mixed-culture Saisons aged for many months in oak foeders, puncheons and red wine barrels.” To further reinforce the wine character in this beer-wine hybrid, the blend was “re-fermented on 30,000 pounds of both whole Norton grapes and pressed Norton grape juice.” This treatment produces a “deep purple” brew that offers “bold earthy aromas of berries, grapes and a sweet malty undertone” alongside flavorful “hints of bright plums, tobacco, dark chocolate and a refreshingly acidic and slightly tannic finish.” Weighing in at a sip-worthy 8.9% ABV, Vintage Stock comes together to serve as a “love letter to wild fermentation [that blurs] the line between beer and wine, and is [Boulevard’s] most ambitious fruited mixed-culture beer to date.”
Vintage Stock will debut in the Greater Kansas City Area on March 2 and will enter wider distribution shortly after that date. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft in select markets located within Boulevard Brewing’s distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Vintage Stock from Boulevard Brewing, Les Bourgeois Vineyards & Doug Frost
Release – Limited; March 2, 2020
Style – Saison/Wild Ale
ABV – 8.9%
IBUs – 12
Hops – Aged Saaz
Yeast – Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus & Wild Yeast
Treatment – “Aged for many months in oak foeders, puncheons and red wine barrels . . . re-fermented on 30,000 pounds of both whole Norton grapes and pressed Norton grape juice”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/