The first collaboration between Side Project Brewing and 4 Hands Brewing Co. is named after the “Bookends to the unofficial, St. Louis “brewers row.”
The appropriately named Bookends is a 7 percent ABV “Missouri Wild Ale” brewed with limes and mandarin orange juice as well as sweet and bitter orange peel before being conditioned on juice from clementines and aged in wine barrels for more than a year.
“For our first collaboration, we barrel-fermented a Missouri Wild Ale that started life as a Saison malt bill, that was fermented entirely in wine barrels with a Saison yeast that was blended with our house Side Project cultures,” reads a post on Side Project’s website. “We really wanted to go a different direction with the fruit that we chose for this beer and ended up going a route that neither of us had really pushed before by using a thoughtful, but aggressive amount of citrus in the kettle and at packaging.”
According to Side Project’s Instagram page, Bookends will be packaged in 750ml bottles ($30) and will feature a purchase limit that will be based on turnout when it is released at both of the brewery’s locations on July 14.