The name of the newest release from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Barrelworks program translates to strawberry fields from French.
Champs de Fraises 2019, a 5.3 percent ABV wild ale fermented with 8,000 pounds of fresh strawberries sourced from the Mount Hood region in Oregon for 5-24 months in French oak barrels. The wild ale debuted in 2016, but that version came in at a slightly higher 6.33 percent ABV and was aged in a combination of American (50 percent) and French oak barrels (50 percent.)
Started in 2005 as a way for brewers to experiment, the Barrelworks program at Firestone Walker has released more than 20 different beers to date and now constitutes more than 1,500 barrels in a 7,000-square-foot building in Buellton, Calif.
According to a post on Firestone Walker’s Instagram page, Champs de Fraises 2019 is packaged in 375ml bottles that are being sold at all of the brewery’s taproom locations. In addition, a limited number of bottles will be shipped to retailers nationwide “in the coming weeks.”