The newest release from Almanac Beer Co. is an ode to the brewery’s home state of California.
Splendid Population is an 8.8 percent ABV blended imperial sour ale that has been aged in wine barrels and conditioned on muscat grapes, peaches, nectarines and vanilla beans. It is the newest addition to the San Jose, Calif.-based brewery’s popular Farm to Barrel series, which began in 2013 with Barrel Noir imperial stout (10 percent ABV) and now encompasses more than 20 different releases.
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Blended from the very happiest barrels, meet Splendid Population. Splendid Population is our ode to California, whose inhabitant Mark Twain called a "Splendid Population." Twain saw a population people of "magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness," and in that spirit we made this beer-wine hybrid. Blended from barrels of imperial sour blonde ale, 🍇muscat grapes, 🍑 peaches, nectarines and vanilla beans to make a beer that is part wine, part summer fruit harvest, all California. The result is a beer exploding with flavor, personalty and aroma, tied to the costal dirt we call home. Pair with celebratory dinners with friends, roast chicken, foraged abalone and peach ice cream. Releases at @almanacsftaproom next Tuesday and bottle and limited draft everywhere Almanac is sold this month!
According to a post on Almanac’s Instagram page, Splendid Population is packaged in 375ml bottles ($10.05) that is now on sale on Almanac’s Online Beer Store. In addition, the beer will see distribution later this month in both bottled and draft formats.