Crooked Stave to Release Batch #50 & Blueberry Petite Sour
Denver, CO – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project will release Batch #50, a Grand Cru Wild Ale Aged for 22 months in Wine Barrels, at its taproom on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. Batch #50 will be a taproom-only bottle release, with only 100 total cases produced. Anticipated bottle limit will be four bottles per person.
Batch #50 (6.0% ABV) was brewed in June of 2013 and has been conditioning for 22 months in wine barrels. This is a blend of some of Crooked Stave’s oldest barrels, some of which had Colorado peaches added in late 2013.
“Releasing Batch #50 is an opportunity for us to showcase the amazing cellar potential of our beers,” said Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Owner/Head Brewer. “These are some of our original barrels so it is really exciting to see how this beer has changed over 22 months. With extended aging, we start to see a pleasant tannic quality develop as well as sweet vinous notes and rich stone fruit characters.”
Batch #50 is the fourth in Crooked Stave’s “Batch” line, which started with the release of Batch #1, Burgundy Sour Ale with Raspberries, at Crooked Stave’s Barrel Cellar in 2011. Since then, the brewery has added Batch #60 Dry Hopped American Wild Ale, Batch #100 Wild Ale with Centennial Kumquats & Dry Hopped with Centennial Hops, and now Batch #50.
In conjunction with the release of Batch #50 on Wednesday, May 13, Crooked Stave will also release Blueberry Petite Sour. Crooked Stave first released Blueberry Petite Sour to its Cellar Reserve members in 2013 as a small batch experiment. Due to the widespread popularity, Crooked Stave is releasing a new batch to the public at its taproom.
The release of the 2015 batch of Blueberry Petite Sour marks the fifth release in Crooked Stave’s Petite Sour series. Petite Sour Blueberry (5.5% ABV) received the equivalent of over a pound per gallon of blueberries after being primary fermented in oak with Crooked Stave’s mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria.
About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Crooked Stave is the culmination of “Founder and Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The artistic creations, all of which use Brettanomyces yeast and mature in oak, result in beers of extraordinary complexity.