One of Almanac Beer Co.’s newest beers is being released with a different name than it started with.
The beer that began as Whiskey Barrel Wild Ale is now named Truthful Statement, a 9 percent ABV “sour stout” aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels with both orange peel and cherries. According to Almanac co-owner Jesse Friedman, the name of the beer was changed after the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) rejected the original label multiple times.
“We had to resubmit the beer a few times to the TTB for approval, and after numerous revisions and rejections, we sarcastically renamed it ‘Truthful Statement’ (a truthful statement is the part of the label that says “ale brewed with…”),” reads a post by Friedman on the Sour & Barrel-Aged Enthusiasts Facebook group. “Ended up getting both names approved, but we liked the new name. Same beer.”
Truthful Statement is part of the San Jose, Calif.-based brewery’s popular Farm to Barrel Series, which is made up of releases utilizing both oak barrel aging and beers that incorporate “smaller, more specialized harvests of fruit from our favorite local farms.” The series began in 2013 with Barrel Noir imperial stout (10 percent ABV) and now encompasses more than 20 different releases.
According to the label, Truthful Statement will now be bottled in December instead of October, but will still be packaged in 375ml bottles. An email sent to the brewery for additional details was not immediately returned.