The latest entry in Sierra Nevada’s Alpha Hops Society Series has been announced..
It will be a Barrel Aged White Ale with Cherries, per a recently approved label by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). A witbier style ale, aged in bourbon barrels with cherry puree added. The barrel aging imbues a fruity bite and ups the ABV to a hearty 9.5 percent.
The Chico, Calif. brewery began the Alpha Hops Society earlier this year as a way for beer fans to pay in advance for a year’s worth of limited bottles, first entry to cellar tours and events. This white ale more than qualifies as only 500 of the 750ml bottles will be released, first to Hops Society members, then a few bottles may be available at the breweries in Chico, and Mills River, N.C. as well as the Torpedo Room in Berkeley, Calif.