Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Sonoma County, California) has officially announced that Sonoma Tart Sour Ale will begin hitting craft beer shelves and taps during the week of February 11.
Brewed as a celebration of “Sonoma County’s rich agrarian history along with its newer ‘Wine Country’ identity”, Sonoma Tart is a Sour Golden Ale that has been lightly fruited with guava and passion fruit. Coming in at an easy-drinking 5.2% ABV, Sonoma Tart is an approachable refresher that can easily serve as either a “gateway beer” for wine drinkers or a versatile daily drinker for craft beer enthusiasts.
“Compared to barrel aged beers, Sonoma Tart is much more drinkable and crushable. The tartness activates your taste buds, gets your palate flowing while fruit essence comes through without cloying sweetness,” said Bear Republic’s Master Brewer Peter Kruger. “Afterwards there’s a dry finish, for wine drinkers this beer is analogous to a sauvignon blanc.”
Sonoma Tart is rolling out this week with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft. You can expect to find this refreshing new brew at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Sonoma Tart from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Release – Launching the week of February 11, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 17
Malts – 2-Row, White Wheat & Carapils
Yeast – BRBC Ale Yeast & Lactobacillus
Suggested Food Pairings – “Blue cheese, goat cheese, mussels, egg dishes, seafood, pork”
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “CEO/Brewmaster Richard G. Norgrove provided Sonoma Tart’s label art which features Sonoma County regional landmarks such as the Dry Creek General Store, Healdsburg bridge, Santa Rosa’s Round Barn (sadly burned down during the 2017 Tubbs Fire) and a water tower representative of the tank houses which dot the area. The font style of Sonoma Tart is an homage to a popular Sonoma Coast inn which for decades has welcomed thirsty travelers from the world at large.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/