Hill Farmstead Brewery has chosen this week to sell a new incarnation in a popular series as well as a rerelease of a well-loved variant.
Leaves of Grass: January 25, 2019 is a “farmstead ale” brewed with organic spelt, organic oats and hops from Whitefield Hop Yard before being aged in an oak puncheon for “nearly five months.” The new beer was brewed on January 25, 2019 and was “conceived as an internal collaboration and educational opportunity for our brewing team.”
As the name indicates, Leaves of Grass: 7/31/2017 is part of Hill Farmstead’s Leaves of Grass Series, which sees the brewery use “uniquely different processes and ingredients, all of which further our understanding of the art and science of brewing” for each release. The series debuted in October 2015 with Leaves of Grass: July 5, 2015, a 4.5 percent ABV “farmstead ale” brewed with green tea, citrus and “apple water” that was fermented in oak.
In addition, Hill Farmstead will be releasing the newest version of Flora Cherry, a wine barrel-aged wheat saison that has been aged on “a blend of Balaton and Montmorency cherries from the 2018 harvest year” source from Burtt’s Orchard in Cabot, Vt. The ale uses the the Greensboro Bend, Vt.-based brewery’s Florence (5 percent ABV) as its base before it is aged in wine barrels.
According to a post on its website, Flora Cherry 2018 and Leaves of Grass: January 25, 2019 will both be packaged in 375ml bottles priced at $20 and $16 each respectively when they are released at the brewery on Dec. 11. In addition, Flora Cherry 2018 will have a four bottle per person purchase limit while with Leaves of Grass: January 25, 2019 will be limited to two bottles per person.