Date(s) - 07/11/15
Bemidji Brewing Company
401 Beltrami Avenue NW
From Bemidji Brewing:
Bemidji Brewing Company is excited to announce its first-ever sour beer bottle release–a Flanders Sour Red Ale aged on both blackberries and raspberries, to be released in the Taproom on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Along with the limited bottle release (only 200 bottles will be available), this new sour, as well as 3 additional Bemidji Brewing sour beers will be on tap that day. Having four sour beers on-tap is another milestone for the Company, as most of the beers took several months, if not years, to produce.
When taking a tour at Bemidji Brewing, you might miss the three large wine barrels tucked in the corner and surrounded by kegs—something completely understandable for a feature in the brewery that is quietly creating exceptional beer. These three vessels make up Bemidji Brewing’s fledgling Sour Beer Program: a European-inspired line of beers that feature the “funky” relationship of yeast and bacteria that deviates from the more “clean yeast” American styles that the Company also produces. Popularized in places like Belgium, France, and Germany, sour beers are dry and tart beverages that are often aged in barrels and blended, similar to wines. Annual blend releases, known as vintages, are possible for these types of beers–a relatively rare experience in the beer world.
Now, after 11 months of aging, 8 in the barrel, and 3 on fruit, the newest blend of beer that originated in a barrel is ready. Being only the third blend released from Bemidji Brewing’s Sour Beer Program, this Flanders Sour Red Ale will be an experience you don’t want to miss. Blackberries and red raspberries add a luscious fruity character to this lactic tart ale and help provide a lean dryness and quenching acidity.
After very successful Taproom and festival releases of previous blends, the Head Brewer, Tom Hill, is excited to see this first Sour Program bottle release:
“It’s fun to see so many people excited about our sour program; these beers can be obscure, approachable, traditional, and new all at the same time. I think the industry will be seeing lots of growth in sour and wild beers in the near future.”
In addition to the Blackberry/Raspberry blend, the event on July 11th will also feature the following sour beers on-tap:
– Vintage 2014 Flanders Sour Red Ale
– Vintage 2014 Raspberry Flanders Sour Red Ale
– Berliner Weisse, a traditional wheat-based German ale that is tart and low-alcohol.
As Bemidji Brewing Company grows, so too will its Sour Program, especially as the craft beer industry continues to evolve and cross over with the wine and cider world. Other sour beers currently in production at Bemidji Brewing include a barrel aged Golden Sour Ale, Oud Bruin, and other variations of the Berliner Weisse, a quick turn-around non-aged beer, which the Company hopes to feature consistently on tap.
For this special release, the Taproom will have extended hours from Noon to 11pm on Saturday, July 11.
Bemidji Brewing Company’s Taproom is located at 401 Beltrami Ave NW in downtown Bemidji. The Taproom is open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-10pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 2-11pm.For more information on Bemidji Brewing, the Taproom and the beers, visit www.bemidjibeer.com or search “Bemidji beer” on Facebook.