The next bottle release at the brewery is our Chambourcin, a barrel-aged beer brewed with local wine grapes, available for online reservation on Monday, August 28th at noon! This bottle-conditioned farmhouse ale was fermented with our wild house mixed culture, then refermented on Southern Illinois-grown Chambourcin grapes and aged in a puncheon that previously held red wine. This beer possesses a deep purple hue, a noticeable funk from the barrel character and a tannic, dry red wine quality. It's packaged in 355 ml bottles at 8.6% 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 6 bottles (or a 1/2 case) for $6. The bottles themselves will be $11 each when you come to pick them up at the brewery with a reservation, or $12 without. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 28th at noon and will be available for reservation online until Wednesday, August 30th at midnight, or until the reservations are filled. After that, bottles will be available on a first-come first-served basis at the brewery. To secure a bottle (or a 1/2 case!) make sure you reserve ahead of time. Our reservation fees are donated to a great cause. This time we'll be sending money to the Humane Society of Southern Illinois.
You may pick up your bottle during our normal business hours starting Thursday, August 31st through Sunday, September 24th (our Oktoberfest!). We have very limited space so any bottles not claimed by September 24th must be forfeited. As always, you will be asked to show ID and your ticket when you come to purchase your bottle. THANK YOU!