Hood River, Oregon – February 5, 2016 – “Cold turkey” takes on a whole new meaning with Full Sail’s latest beer from its Brewmaster Reserve Series – Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale, available now.
“Originally released in 2014 to celebrate our 27th anniversary, Wheatwine is brewed in the Barleywine style, yet contains no barley malt,” says Full Sail Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. “We reserved a portion of this special brew, racked it into Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels, and let it rest for a year in our cellar,” adds Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “Barrel aging rounds out this big beer.”
Wheatwine is brewed with wheat and caramelized wheat malts and hopped with a blend of English and Northwest hops. Complex aromas of apricot, spice, and citrus lead to a smooth palate, blended with notes of caramel, marmalade, and green hop overtones. It pours a rich honey hue and opens up with complex aromas of barrel oak, vanilla and apricot. The spicy hop character has mellowed to accentuate flavors of vanilla, marmalade and dates. It finishes with a remarkable smoothness and a creamy mouthfeel.
“Don’t buy it, it’ll leave more for us!” jokes Emmerson. The brewmasters at Full Sail are confident that Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale has been worth the wait.
What’s even better than Wheatwine Ale aged in Bourbon barrels? Wheatwine Ale aged in Bourbon barrels served alongside Moonstruck chocolate. On Saturday, February 13th, in conjunction with the Oregon Brewers Guild’s annual Zwickelmania Brewery Open House, the Full Sail Brewery will be pairing Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine with Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Tumbled Beerberries. Guided brewery tours (at 11am, 12, 1, 2, 3 and 4pm) and tastings on the tour are free, and each tour participant will receive a complimentary glass. For a complete listing of Zwickelmania events throughout the state, visit www.oregoncraftbeer.org/zwickelmania.
Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series allows the brewmasters to put their creativity, innovation and passion into small, limited-release beers. These craft brews highlight the direct connection with Full Sail’s farmers, celebrate the art of barrel aging, and explore the effects of time. Over the years, Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series has earned 18 gold medals. Brewmaster Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale is available in limited release in 22 oz. bottles and draft. 12% ABV, 42 IBUs.