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July Beer Blog

June 30, 2019 4:30 pm

July at FINNEGANS is busy with fruited sours, stouts, pilsners and barrels upon barrels. In July alone, we are releasing 3 new barrel aged beers; two fruited sours and a big dry hopped Brett beer. The return of Blood Orange Platform Pilsner is right around the corner, and the release of an American Light Lager […]

July at FINNEGANS is busy with fruited sours, stouts, pilsners and barrels upon barrels. In July alone, we are releasing 3 new barrel aged beers; two fruited sours and a big dry hopped Brett beer. The return of Blood Orange Platform Pilsner is right around the corner, and the release of an American Light Lager in the middle of the month. We want to throw you all a party on July 20th to celebrate all the Barrels of Life Series and any of the one-off barrel beers we have made over the last year and a half. If I tally up all the different barrel aged beers we have made, we are now at 17! The shortest of aged beer comes in at two and a half months and the longest is eight and a half months. It’s hard to say which two beers I am most excited to tell you about, so I am going to talk about one in particular and then give you the long list of what we will have on tap for our party that we are calling “Our Lives in Barrels.” There will be food trucks, beer, and live music to keep the good times rolling. So, let’s get to know our most exciting beer of the month.

Aronia: American Wild ale aged on Aronia Berries in Oak  6.7% ABV

We are calling this a wild ale. Reason is that we aged a blonde base beer on 450 pounds of Aronia berries for eight and a half months. Aronia berries are a cousin to the choke cherry but grow on a bush and not on a tree. The berries are crimson red in color and very tart to taste. Where the wild part comes in is that we inoculated our barrels with our house cultures of lacto and brett, but then whatever the berries had on them from their farm is also now in the beer as well.  As for the beer, it is funky, sour, pinkish red and delicious. I’d almost say superb if I wanted to pull out another adjective. We will be bottling about 500 bottles and have a very limited supply of kegs, so when you see Aronia, I recommend you should drink one! Available July 1st in the taproom.

Our Life in Barrels

This is extensive and could change daily as most of these beers may only have one or two kegs left. They could go fast, so don’t miss out! Saturday will be the most fun of all the days, but starting on Wednesday, July 17th all but three of our taps will have funky, sour, bourbon, apple brandy, wine, gin, fruited, Minnesota oak aged beers. You name it, we have it, with a couple of exceptions. Here it goes:

  • Biere de Mars 2018 and 2019 6.4% ABV
  • Biere de Garde 8.55% ABV
  • Biere de Noel 8.5% ABV
  • Biere de Miel 8% ABV
  • Einer 8.5% ABV
  • Oakedtoberfest 2018 6.5% ABV
  • My Little Rose 7.7% ABV
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Dead Irish Poet 8.3% ABV
  • Barrel Aged Caorthannach 10.3% ABV
  • Tricia 6.4% ABV
  • George and Blueberry George 6.0% ABV
  • Aronia 6.7% ABV
  • Barrel Blender 8.4% ABV
  • Black Currant 5.7% ABV
  • Dawn of the Crimson Howler 7.3% ABV

Wow! That list looks long and delicious. Come one, come all. Bring the kids, bring the dog, bring your appetite, bring your thirst, and most of all bring your sense of wonder. These beers were created with you in mind. The lovers of all things wood. Barrels are amazing and really transform a beer from good to great. Cheers.

-Ryan

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