Firestone Walker SLOambic Release Nov. 15
Next up from Firestone Walker is the final Barrelworks Liberation release of 2014, featuring SLOambic. Ready to release on Saturday, November 15, this is Sour Opal fermented in French oak barrels with 1500 lbs of ollallieberries, finishing at 5.7% ABV.
Release info is TBA, stay tuned.
In 2009, Masterblender Jim Crooks, found a peculiar sounding fruit called the Ollalieberry, grown in San Luis Obispo County (SLO), California, home to our brewery. Pronounced oh-la-leh berry, this large blackberry-resembling fruit was first bred in Oregon, but flourishes in California. The discovery led to Jim’s creation of a delicious beer we call SLOambic. For this vintage, 1500 lbs. of berries were added to Sour Opal, a beer matured 18 months in French oak barrels, then fermented using our proprietary blend of microflora for an additional 4 months. Bursting with ripe berries, brambles, as well as jam, the fruit eventually gives way to a tease of funky yeast, spicy oak, and a robust mouth-watering acidity. Dark, brooding, yet bright, we herald in our first bottling of SLOambic. A Santé! 5.7% ABV