Now a half decade later, the Bend, Oregon based brewer is bringing back fan-favorite Swill just in time for the warmer weather that awaits us here in the Pacific Northwest. Swill, a uniquely named commercially produced beer, was originally introduced in 2013. At the time it was 10 Barrel’s top selling seasonal beer. The beer was released in a small run last year sold only at 10 Barrel Pubs, but this year it has been fully re-launched and sent into distribution.
Swill is a take on a traditional German-style Radler but with a bit of an American twist. Beginning as an American Sour Ale, 10 Barrel then adds natural citrus flavors to create a very refreshing beer. The result is one of the better versions of a U.S. brewed Radler.
The sessionable Swill contains flavors from sweet to light sour with a very subtle lemon tartness that’s followed by noticeable grapefruit flavors. At 4.5% ABV and 6 IBUs, Swill will be a very popular beer choice during the summer of 2019.
Swill is brewed in Bend and began arriving on store shelves this month and will be around at least through the end of the summer. In addition to 6-pack, 12oz cans, Swill is also available on draft and according to the 10 Barrel website the beer is also available in 6-pack, 12oz bottles.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.