Nearly six years in, Reuben’s Brews has officially released its first two beers from its new barrel-aged sour series. The two new beers include Brettania – Boysenberry and Blackberry that aged for 17 months and Tropical Funk, a brett IPA.
Brettania is a rustic saison made with boysenberries and blackberries. The beer has also recently medaled at the 2018 North American Beer Awards. Also released this past weekend in this new series was Tropical Funk, a brett IPA. These are just the first two releases in this series that anticipates new beers about every three to four months.
Next up is Pillars of Gold, a Belgian-Style Pale ale that’s refermented with brett during natural carbonation. Pillars of Gold will be released on the brewery’s 6th Anniversary Party on August 4, 2018 at its taproom in Seattle, Washington.
Here are additional details from the brewery’s press release…
“What interests me most about brewing is the challenge. The challenge of creating something, the challenge of new processes, the challenge of managing living organisms to create the flavor profile I was aiming for,” said Adam Robbings, co-founder and brewmaster for Reuben’s Brews. “Our new barrel-aged sour series represents one of these challenges. It is an exciting genre of beers and we jumped at the chance to explore the world of bacteria and brettanomyces.”
Over the past (almost) six years, Reuben’s Brews has created all types of beers including kettle sours, IPAs, Belgian styles, stouts, barrel aged stouts, lagers and more. The brewery’s foray into barrel-aged sours began in February 2017 when they were able to isolate the project so that other beers would be protected from contamination. Two beers will launch the series:
The Brettania barrel-aged sour series will feature a new beer released every few months, each featuring a different fruit expression. Brettania – Boysenberry and Blackberry was aged for six months in oak puncheons with the brewery’s house brettanomyces culture. It was then aged again atop a heaping amount of boysenberries and blackberries for six more months and finished up with another fermentation period inside the bottle. The result? A bright, dry and effervescent beer, full with jammy fruit character that is perfect for the hot summer days. The next beer in the Brettania series – featuring guava – is already bottle conditioning and will likely be released in early fall.
Tropical Funk is a Brett IPA created with a 100 percent all stainless brettanomyces drie primary ferment. This funky, hazy IPA is packed to the gills with bright tropical fruit notes driven by the Citra and Mosaic hops, perfectly complemented by grapefruit from the brettanomyces. A little background funk and white pepper adds complexity, while a soft, pillowy mouthfeel supports the fruit forward flavor profile.
Both Brettania and Tropical Funk will be available on tap at the Reuben’s Brews tasting room; Brettania’s limited amount of 375ml bottles sold out in one day. Next up for the brewery is Pillars of Gold, a Belgian Pale ale refermented with brett during natural carbonation, which will be released on the brewery’s 6th Anniversary Party on August 4.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 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 Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.