Portland, Oregon … Breakside Brewery, known for its innovative, experimental and diverse beers, expanded its barrel-aged sour program to include 500ml bottles in 2018 and is rounding out the year with an impressively complex and diverse number of brews under its belt. The "Breakside Sour" Series, which introduced the brewery’s wild beers to wider distribution for the first time, is closing 2018 with Quiescence.
Ben Edmunds, brewmaster for Breakside, said, "This program allows us to express some of the most challenging, exciting and inspiring styles in brewing today, and we have had a blast releasing these beers to more people over the past year. We’re looking forward to creating more beautiful beers in this series, which are challenging and sometimes several years in the making."
Quiescence is a blend of 13 casks of wood-aged sour beer aged for 12 months in Archery Summit Pinot Noir barrels. Its name, which means a state of inactivity or prelude, reflects the time suspended in the brewery’s barrel house, waiting for release. It features notes of sandalwood, light stonefruit and mild oak in a balanced, mixed-culture sour. ABV: 5.9% / IBU: 3
Some of the other beers released in the 2018 Breakside Sour series included:
In the City of Flowers, blended sour beer aged on Oregon-grown peaches and chamomile, and then conditioned on jasmine flowers
Ziggurat, a Brett-forward beer with vivid floral undertones
Qualia, blended from 15 casks of mixed culture beers and aged on mangoes after blending
#MoreFriends #MoreMemories, a blending of 18 casks from the cellar over a generous helping of raspberries
Breakside's brewers are planning even more exotic creations in this program for 2019, exploring different barrel options and ingredients.