The San Diego-based craft brewery Ballast Point has announced their newest brew: White Wine Barrel-Aged Sour Wench. It’s now available nationwide.
The beer, 7% ABV, is an ale with blackberries aged in chardonnay and sauvignon blanc barrels.
After resting in both wine barrels for more than six months, White Wine Barrel-Aged Sour Wench emerged with aromas of fresh white peach, citrus, woody oak tannins and rich vanilla, the company says. Flavors include hints of crushed berries and ripe apricots with a buttery smoothness from the chardonnay barrels, the company reports, followed by a dry finish from the sauvignon cask. It’s tart but smooth.
“With barrel aging, we’re giving tribute to three different attributes – the oak barrels, the wine that was in them before and the base beer,” says Ballast Point Director of Barrel Aging, Steve Anderson. “The blend that’s in the White Wine Barrel Aged Sour Wench bottles is a really nice layering of both the beer and the wine barrels, making it more complex and an amazing end product.”
White Wine Barrel-Aged Sour Wench, part of Ballast Point’s Trade Street Collection, is hitting shelves now in 12-oz. four-pack bottles.