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Firestone Walker SLOambic & El Gourdo Liberation Nov. 15

Firestone-Walker-liberation-flyerSurprise! The final Barrelworks Liberation event of 2014 is now a double release, featuring SLOambic and El Gourdo. Tickets drop Wednesday, October 29 at 9am via Eventbrite, with two options available (unlimited tasters, snacks, complimentary tasting glass and 3 or 6 bottles of SLOambic included).

The details:

  • Ticket prices – $75 (includes 3 bottles of SLOambic), $100 (includes 6 bottles of SLOambic)
  • Limit 2 tickets per person
  • SLOambic – $13.99 (+ tax and CRV) per 375mL bottle, limit 12 per person, 500 cases produced
  • El Gourdo – $14.99 (+ tax and CRV) per 375mL bottle, limit 3 per person, 100 cases produced

Commercial descriptions:

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

El Gourdo is what happens when the local pumpkin patch calls the Barrelworks on the day after Halloween, asking if we want orphaned Cinderella Pumpkins. Not only did we take the leftover pumpkins last year, we roasted them with bay leaf and walnuts in a wood-burning oven fueled by brandy staves and local white oak. We then tossed 500 lbs. of the caramelized gourds into an oak-aged base beer blend for fermentation and further oak barrel aging, lasting almost a year. The resulting beer is subtle yet firm. Roasting releases naturally sweet spicy pumpkin, brown sugar, and nutty flavors and aromas, which mingle nicely with an earthy funk, toasted oak and assertive acidity. A Santé! 5.8% ABV

Firestone Walker Barrelworks is located at 620 McMurray Road in Buellton, CA.

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