This weekend, Side Project Brewery is releasing not one, but two different beers as part of a collaborative series with Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
The two beer/wine hybrids are Terroir Project Chambourcin and Terroir Project Vidal Blanc, which were co-fermented with Chambourcin and Vidal Blanc grapes respectively that were sourced from Augusta, Mo.-based Noboleis Vineyards.
The new creations are part of a collaborative series of releases organized by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. named the Terroir Project that is made up of the same base beer brewed with local ingredients in order to compare “how our different regions (or terroir) differ based on that particular region’s variants”, according to a post on Firestone Walker’s website.
“From the West Coast to the East Coast, London to New Zealand, each participating brewery was invited to produce their own distinct hybrid, but with three binding stipulations: we all had to use the same grain bill; the same maturation period in barrels; and the same co-fermented percentage of wort and wine grapes,” reads the website. “The kicker: all grapes had to be grown within 100 miles of each brewery. The result is an unprecedented exploration into how “terroir”—or sense of place—drives what we taste.”
There were six different breweries who were asked to participate in the Terroir Project Series by Firestone Walker:
- Garage Project — Wellington, New Zealand
- Jester King Brewery — Austin, Texas
- Trillium Brewing Co. — Boston, Mass.
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. — Chico, Calif.
- Beaverton Brewery — London, England
- Side Project Brewing — Maplewood, Mo.
According to a post on Side Project’s website, both Terroir Project Chambourcin and Terroir Project Vidal Blanc are packaged in 375ml bottles ($15) and will have a purchase limit dependent on turnout when they are released on Nov. 10 at both of the brewery’s locations.