Surf Brewery Releases Robust Porter Aged in Merlot Barrels, 2nd Scientific Series Beer
(Ventura, CA) : Surf Brewery, a small commercial craft brewery, open since 2011, with an onsite tasting room and homebrew shop, announced that they are releasing their second barrel aged beer for sale, February 18. This limited release beer in their Scientific SeriesTM, dedicated only to barrel aged beers, is a slight recipe modification to their standard Oil PiersTM Porter, aged in French Oak Merlot barrels. This recipe won a gold medal at the 2014 Los Angeles International beer competition.
The culmination of close to three years of barrel aging in French oak and artful blending at their newly established barrel aging warehouse in Moorpark, CA., has resulted in this dark porter featuring lush flavors from the barrel on top of rich chocolate malt with just enough oak flavor to draw out the finish. Coming in at 6% ABV, 15° degrees Plato, 45.5 IBU’s and 89 SRM.
Doug Mason, co-founder, and heading up the barrel program, mentions after tasting the finished beer, “If you love our Oil PiersTM Porter, wine and oak flavors, you will enjoy this unique beer. Very different from the Scientific SeriesTM Flanders style red sour, we released at Christmas.” Final blending production of this barrel aged offering occurred late fall, after establishing the new barrel warehouse in Moorpark, CA, last summer. Traditional cork and cage bottle packaging was all performed by hand at the new warehouse. The bottles were brought back to Ventura for labeling, aided by our friends at Ventura Limoncello, and each of the 2712 limited release bottles has been individually numbered for posterity. The Scientific SeriesTM bottle label is very different from Surf’s traditional silkscreened monochromatic classic surfing images. Doug adds, “The beer is very different and so we thought should be the label.” Bottles will be sold at the brewery in Ventura, along with the still available Flanders sour, as well as select bottles shops throughout Southern California.
Further Scientific SeriesTM barrel aged projects in the works include a Belgian Tripel, blonde, as well as more porter and Flanders red sour. Visit the barrel webpage at www.scientificseries.com.
About Surf Brewery: Ventura County, long known for world class surf spots like Rincon Cove, C-Street and Silver Strand, now has a world class craft beer presence. Surf Brewery®, located minutes from Surfer’s Point in beautiful Ventura, is riding the wave of California’s vibrant beer history and tradition of making craft beers. Founded in June, 2011, by home brewers and surfers with a passion for beer and a commitment to create only the finest brews using the highest quality ingredients.
4561 Market St., Ste A, Ventura, CA 93003. 805-644-BREW www.surfbrewery.com, Facebook.com/surfbrewery Instagram:surfbrewery