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Sunriver Brewing launches “Wild” and “Wood” Barrel-Aged Beer Series

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13/01/2021

Bend, Oregon-based Sunriver Brewing Co. has announced two new barrel-aged beer series called “Wild” and “Wood” that feature their first forays into 500ml bottles and wild yeast and bacteria. Sunriver is no stranger to barrel-aging, having released numerous spirit barrel-aged strong ales on draft or in cans in the past. But cellar friendly bottles and potentially sour beers to the “Wild” series are new to the repertoire.

The Wild Series will feature bottle conditioned beers influenced by Brettanomyces, mixed culture bacteria and spontaneous fermentations. The Wood Series will feature boldly flavored strong beers that have been conditioned in a variety of barrels, including bourbon, rum, maple, and others. The beers will be presented in 500ml bottles and extremely limited draft beginning in January 2021.

“This has been a long time coming, literally years in the making. I’m quite proud of the team’s efforts – these beers are as special as the people who make them. Ryan Galeski (Lead Brewer) and Patrick Raasch (Head Brewer)have done an outstanding job with their barrel work. We’re excited to share these unique beers with all the fans of Sunriver Brewing Company.” – Brett Thomas, Director of Brewery Operations.

The first two beers just released this week are from be from the Wood Series -

Bourbon Barrel Ale began life as a robust, malt-forward base beer, its legendary origins steeped in early days of Oregon craft brewing. Carefully aged for 12 months in Kentucky’s finest bourbon barrels, the results are breathtaking. The beer displays complex notes of dried cherry, orange peel, vanilla, and caramel, with a distinctly smooth, warming finish.

12.8% ABV

Mexican Mocha Stout is a masterful blend of 12-month bourbon barrel aged imperial stout designed to emulate a Mexican mocha. A combination of coffee, vanilla, lactose, cinnamon, chocolate, and chili peppers (puya and ancho) are carefully infused into this big beer to achieve maximum flavor. This unique stout presents with sweet-heat and earthy-spicy, followed with big mocha punch.

11.5% ABV

Two additional Wood Series beers are scheduled to be released in February -

Hawaiian Imperial Stout is a masterful blend of 12-month bourbon barrel aged imperial stout that is loaded with the exotic flavors of the Hawaiian Islands. A combination of Alae Estate-grown cocoa nibs, toasted coconut, lactose, and macadamia nuts are carefully infused into this big beer to achieve maximum flavor. This unique stout presents like a collection of Hawaiian themed candies – rich, nutty, and toasty, with a bold chocolate finish.

14% ABV

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