Heavy Seas Beer has announced details for the newest addition to its Uncharted Water Series.
The Baltimore, Md.-based brewery’s newest beer is Red Sky at Morning, a 10 percent ABV Belgian-style saison brewed with pale, wheat and acidulated malts along with styrian aurora, hallertau mittlefrue and French strisselspalt hops before being aged in Chardonnay wine barrels. The new release is based on the brewery’s Red Sky at Night, a 7.5 percent ABV saison.
“We have never done a white wine barrel-aged beer before, but the core flavors of Red Sky at Night seemed like they would be a good fit for doing so – with a few tweaks, of course,” said Christopher Leonard, brewmaster at Heavy Seas, in a press release. “Red Sky at Morning is a stronger beer than Red Sky at Night. We added a higher percentage of sugar to the boil, we increased the hop flavor slightly, and we employed a different yeast strain that produced spicier esters.”
Red Sky at Morning is be one of four new releases in Heavy Seas Uncharted Water Series for 2015, which also will include Blackbeard’s Breakfast (10 percent ABV), an imperial coffee porter aged in bourbon barrels that is available in May-June; Phantom Ship, a Belgian-style tripel (9.5 percent ABV) that will be available from March-April and Yule Tide (9 percent ABV), a gin bread rum barrel-aged weizenbock that will be on shelves from November-December. Also included in the series is Siren Noire (9.5 percent ABV), an imperial chocolate stout available in January and Great’ER Pumpkin (10 percent ABV), a bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ale available from September-October.
According to the press release, Red Sky at Morning will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and will be available from July through August starting on July 10.