Almanac Beer Co. has just opened a new taproom in San Francisco, and is releasing a new beer to celebrate the occasion.
The San Jose, Calif.-based brewery will be releasing Hoppy Sour: Mosaic, which is a 7 percent ABV “sour blonde ale” that has been aged in wine barrels and dry hopped exclusively with Mosaic hops.
“Mosaic uses a similar base as Hoppy Sour: Mandarina, but the hoppy sours are blended to taste to best compliment the flavors and aromatics of the hop we’re working with so the base is always a little different,” explained Jessica Clare, marketing coordinator at Almanac, in and email to Tenemu. “We always start with our sour blonde ale (fermented with our house sour culture, which includes saison yeast, brett, and lacto) and an all-brett fermented blonde, but the proportions of each beer will vary from release to release.”
This is the fifth beer to bear the Hoppy Sour moniker, following:
- Hoppy Sour: Citra (7 percent ABV)
- Hoppy Sour: Simcoe (7 percent ABV)
- Hoppy Sour: Mandarina (7 percent ABV)
- Hoppy Sour: Wakatu (7 percent ABV)
- Hoppy Sour: Mosaic (7 percent ABV)
All of the beers are part of Almanac’s Farm to Barrel Series, which debuted in 2013 with the release of Barrel Noir imperial stout (10 percent ABV) and now encompasses more than 20 different releases.
According to a post on Almanac’s Instagram page, Hoppy Sour: Mosaic will be packaged in 375ml bottles and is being released at the brewery’s new taproom in San Francisco today.
Update (Jan. 6, 2017) — This post was updated to include details on the release date. It was originally published on Nov. 16, 2016.