Anchorage Brewing Company
A Note on This Beer
When I heard that Anchorage, the brewery Thrillist describes as as “one of the best breweries in the game” was making a Black Sour Ale aged in whiskey and over 40 Pinot Noir barrels, I knew had to try it. 40 different barrels?! Unreal!
I tried telling my friends about this epic barrel aged Sour, but they just scoffed saying, “Nobody makes a beer with that much barrel depth!” But then I showed them my bottle of the Anadromous Black Sour and proved them wrong. It features:
- 12-14 month aging in whiskey and over 40 Pinot Noir Barrels which gives its smooth chocolate roasts additional layers of marionberry wine and oaky whiskey caramels.
- Pleasing waves of cherry-like tartness provided by a house souring culture added in oak foeders.
- This is the 2017 vintage. It benefits from 18 months of additional bottle conditioning, drawing out even more sherry-like, candied plum complexities.
With so many layers of oak, Anadromous earns comparisons to great releases from Cascade Brewing and takes barrel-aging to the brink of the unbelievable. Have a sip and you’ll see though, this oaky dark sour is as real as it gets.
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Dark chocolate and sour fruit. This was a wild combination of slightly sweet, sour and slightly dry bitter finish.