2017 San Diego International Beer Competition

Best of Show Award Winner - 2017 San Diego International Beer Festival

Best of Show Award Winner - 2017 San Diego International Beer Festival

ABOUT THE BEER: (Released March 2017)

Lurking in the Magic Factory is an enchanted set of Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, so tasty you'll be compelled to lick them. But be careful, the beast inside may lick you back! This mystical elixer has intense flavors of tart cherry pie, baking spices, red wine, and soft oak tannins. An endless evolution will continue in the bottle due to the sorcery of the scrumptious microbes.

American Sour Red Ale
Aged in Red Wine Barrels
With Balaton Cherries (7.8% ABV)

Best of Show - 2017 San Diego International Beer Festival
Gold Medal - 2017 San Diego International Beer Festival (Brett & Other Sour Beer)

Lickable Staves is an American Sour Red Ale that we aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with generous amounts of Michigan Balaton cherries. We developed this beer to highlight the intense tart cherry pie notes and nuanced baking spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice) flavors that only Balaton cherries possess. This beer has a rich and complex malt backbone supporting the rich cherry flavor. Aged for a year in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels lending that wine's bold flavor, full body and jam like notes. 

The beer was fermented with a blend of microbes that we have selected especially for malt-forward sour beers. The blend consisted of a major portion of California Ale yeast to ferment the bulk of the sugars and leave a relativity clean profile that would let the Balaton cherry flavor shine. The rest of the blend had strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediocaccus providing a highly complex and crisp sour ale.  

All these elements came together to make a beer with lush notes of tart cherry pie. There is a firm acidity that matches the natural acidity of a cherry. As the beer warms, the soft vanilla notes become present from the red wine barrels. Subtle baking spice flavor also shows up to complete the profile of freshly baked cherry pie with vanilla ice cream. Take your time and enjoy the flavors from each layer of this complex beer.