Longshadows Vintners Beers, by Epic Ales
Fellow wine lovers, it’s a long standing fact that deep in the heart of any wine lover, beats the pulse of a beer lover as well. Much of what we like about wine, is also true of beer; its flavors, its handcrafted nature, its place in history. Today we have one more reason every wine lover can enjoy a good brew, rather we have three.
Longshadows Vintners has joined forces with Epic Ales of South Seattle to bring you a crossing of wine and beer by providing Master Brewer Cody Morris with juice from three of their wines, to be incorporated into the recipes for three very unique Ales. A self proclaimed Mad Man, Cody Morris believes that, “The possibilities for what a beer can be are only bound by your imagination”, and he exemplifies this belief in these three outstanding beers. As far as I know, the only place these Ales have been available is through the Longshadows tasting room where they went for $12 per bottle, and I got the last 12 bottles of each from them so that I might offer them to you, on Impulse, as a 3-PACK, which includes 1 of each beer in larger 22oz (650mL) bottles.
Sour Ale made with Riesling Juice of 2013 Poets Leap
The lighter more refreshing brew of the three, it’s made with Pilsner Malt from Canada and Hops from Yakima, while hinting at a Hefeweizen-like cloudy turbidity. The addition of Riesling juice – from the Longshadows 2013 Poets Leap – gives it classic characteristics of meyer lemon, mineral, and orange blossom, while its Sour Ale base which is fermented using a yeast called brettanomyces has a signature sour touch with notes of banana bread and hints of toasted grain. It’s bottle conditioned, meaning it can be aged for a year or two to gain complexity, and will likely have sediment develop in the bottom. In many ways, it reminds me of Champagne, or even well made Normandy Cider (French Apple Cider), and comes in at 5% alcohol by volume in a 22oz bottle. Great with oysters and soft aged cheeses.
British Style Ale made with Sangiovese Juice of 2013 Saggi
Made with British and American malt, hops from Yakima, a dose of Sangiovese juice from the Longshadows 2013 Saggi, and brewed with a classic British Ale yeast. Showing notes of dried figs and caramelized dates, with toffee and dehydrated apricots, while flavors of raspberries and spice come through from the Sangiovese. Best at 42-49 degree Fahrenheit, drink it now and through the next 2 years, as it develops nutty sherry-like qualities with age. Medium bodied, and a good match for cured meats, and hard aged cheeses. This one is at 7.5% alcohol by volume, in a 22oz bottle.
Belgian Abbey Style made with Syrah Juice of 2013 Sequel
This Abbey style Ale is the product of both domestic and imported malts, along with domestic hops, with the addition of Syrah juice from the Longshadows 2013 Sequel. Fermented with a classic Belgian yeast strain, it’s fairly full bodied for a beer with notes grapefruit, orange peel, tart cherries, and a black pepper finish. Best between 42 and 48 degrees Fahrenheit, and will drink well for the next 2 years; a great pairing with grilled meats, dried fruit, and ripe cheeses. It’s 8.5% alcohol by volume and comes in a 22oz bottle.