After a short hiatus from bottle releases, we are excited to announce that our next release comes directly from barrels in our cellar! Freestone, a barrel-aged sour ale refermented on Southern Illinois peaches, will be released in our tap room on Thursday, March 23rd with online reservations starting tomorrow, Monday March 20th, at noon, through midnight on Wednesday March 22nd.
This bottle-conditioned sour ale was brewed without hops and fermented with our mixed house culture before resting in barrels with wild yeast and bacteria for 6 months. The beer was then blended and refermented on Southern Illinois-grown freestone peaches before being bottled. This beer has a beautifully subtle fruit character and sourness; the yeast and bacteria combine with the peaches to create a delicate honeysuckle-like aroma with a lightly tart finish and a touch of oak. It's packaged in a 750 ml bottle at 5.7% alcohol by volume and is ready for your enjoyment now or can be kept in your home cellar for several years.
Tickets to reserve the beer are $1 per bottle and you may reserve up to 12 bottles (or one case) for $12. The bottles themselves will be $20 each when you come to pick them up at the brewery with a reservation, or $25 without. Again, tickets go on sale Monday, March 20th and will be available for reservation online until midnight on Wednesday March 22nd or until the reservations are filled. You may then purchase your bottle in the tasting room during our normal business hours starting Thursday, March 23rd through Sunday, April 23rd. We have very limited space so any bottles not claimed by April 23rd must be forfeited. As always, you will be asked to show ID and your ticket when you come to purchase your bottle. To secure a bottle (or a case!) make sure you reserve ahead of time. Our reservation fees are donated to a great cause. This month we'll be donating to the Women's Center of Carbondale, a non-profit that seeks to end domestic violence and sexual assault against women, men, adolescents, and children in Southern Illinois and to assist survivors of these crimes and their non-offending significant others.