The Bruery is adding yet another variant of one of its most popular stouts that will make wine lovers very happy, but you will have to be a member of one of its Society clubs to get it.
Elizabeth Rutherford is a 14.5 percent ABV imperial stout blended and fermented on skins and must from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from the Rutherford Appellation of Napa Valley and aged in 100 percent new French oak puncheons.
“This is a co-fermentation of grape must (we bring in whole cluster fruit and de-stemmed mechanically in-house) and Black Tuesday wort,” said Jeremy Grinkey, senior production manager at The Bruery, in an email to Tenemu. “We co-ferment both sugars together on the skins of the grapes. This process usually takes about three weeks. We then press this through our pneumatic wine grape press and then go directly to barrel. So all of the process is done pre-barrel and we are simply using the barrel as maturation vessels.”
According to Grinkey, Elizabeth Rutherford is packaged still—i.e. sans carbonation—in 750ml wine bottles that were released exclusively to members of The Bruery’s Hoarder’s Society last week.
(Nov. 13, 2018) — This article was updated with brewing details, release information and packaging details. It was originally published on Nov. 11, 2018.