It’s been two years since Side Project Brewing released its second batch of Fencerow, but in less than two weeks the Missouri wild ale with black raspberries will make its return.
Corey King, Side Project’s owner and brewer, announced the Fencerow No. 3 release details on Oct. 1 via the Missouri-based brewery’s website:
For the third release of Fencerow, we sourced 4000 lbs of Black Raspberries from Oregon and added them to a blend of 90% Missouri Wild Ale that had been aging in oak for more than 2 years and 10% Saison du Fermier. Although both our Missouri Wild Ales and Saison du Fermier are fermented with our local microflora, Saison du Fermier always showcases a bolder, spicier Brettanomyces character and a more refined acidity. With our new brewery, and increased capacity, we now have options like this for honing in our blends and refining all aspects of our process. The more subtle Saison du Fermier should allow for the Brettanomyces to soften our acidity and increase the aging capability of this heavily fruited Missouri Wild Ale.
After refermenting on the Black Raspberries for several months, Fencerow was blended back with a touch of mature, un-fruited beer and then bottled and naturally conditioned in both the bottles and the kegs.
Fencerow No. 3 has significantly more fruit in it than the past two batches. Batch No. 1 featured 60 pounds of handpicked black raspberries from King’s family friend’s front yard in Puxico, Mo., while Batch No. 2 had 180 pounds.
King’s desire for more fruit forced him to source his berries for Batch No. 3.
The two-day release begins at noon on Oct. 14 at The Brewery and at 1 p.m. at the Side Project Cellar on the same day. On Oct. 15, to-go bottles will be available once again at The Brewery beginning at noon. One half of the batch will be allocated to each day.
Fencerow No. 3 will be packaged in 375ml bottles, same as in years past. Bottles will be $20, and a limit will be based on turnout.