Mikkeller San Diego

Inertiatic III

Inertiatic III

Mikkeller San Diego

$26.00 USD


description

Beer Wine Hybrid-9.3% ABV-Golden and Red Sour Blend

 

Along with our strong affinity for enjoying great wines, we also enjoy integrating wine-making techniques into our sour/wild ale projects. A popular technique for generating complexity and deeper color extraction in certain grapes is carbonic maceration - for us brewers, it presents as an exciting avenue for experimentation. 

Sangiovese, famous for its bold, brash structure and deep earth and fruit characters, was particularly exciting to work with. We brought in some beautiful clusters and sealed them under inert gas for a 2-week long carbonic maceration, fostering rich color and some sublime free-run juice. After the fortnight, we crushed and destemmed the fruit before introducing a blend of Flanders-style Red Ale and Golden Sour Ale. Maceration lasted for approximately 40 days before we transferred the beer back to neutral oak barrels for aging.     

Muscat Blanc, known for being a highly aromatic grape with big sugar levels, presents with big tropical fruit layers and floral symphony, that hold true into the finished wine. This harvest showcased large, dense clusters & explosive Tutti Frutti flavors. After selecting a blend of strong Golden Ale and moderately acidic Golden Base, we racked the beer onto the whole, unprocessed clusters and allowed maceration to occur over 30 days, before being transferred to neutral oak barrels for further aging.     

After 6 months of resting in barrels, we pulled together our favorite barrels of these two threads to create a finished project inspired by funky, sparkling Orange wine. An intriguing rose-gold/orange hued beverage is topped with a sparkling white foam and tight carbonation. Earthen, spicy, and fruity - this blend is provoking and delicate. A roundness allows one to experience the breadth of tannin and richness, before a pop of acidity and carbonation cleans the palate.