A Note on This Beer
Brewing in the fertile heart of California, Wild Ale specialists like Almanac unite fresh, locally grown fruit with wine barrel aging to bring us some of the best tasting Sours in the nation.
Infused with 100% Brettanomyces yeast, apricots, then aged an entire year in wine barrels, Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s Heart’s Delight 2015 Wild Ale doesn’t just continue this Californian trend - fans consider this one of the best fruited Sours they’ve ever tasted.
The key to this delicious success is patience. While some Wild Ale craftsmen rush fermentation, Santa Clara Valley gives Brett a full 12 months to develop and we age it for another year in our cellar. This coaxes out deeper complexity, infusing flavors of lemon-pepper, melons, tropical fruits, and the signature dusty Farmhouse aromas. Barrel-aging encourages oaky vanilla character, while apricots elicit a sharp, yet creamy tartness that flows throughout.
Swirl Heart’s Delight in a glass and a tropical cascade of pineapple and lemon aromas remind you of a Dry Riesling fresh from Sonoma Valley. Inhale deeper and you’ll experience a wave of nectarous apricot dusted in vanilla powder. Drinking sails you away on a sea of apricot juice, zested citrus, and a lingering sour as juicy fresh as fruit ripe from the tree.
With each of their meticulously crafted beers, Santa Clara Valley pays homage to their rich agricultural heritage. Wine barrel-aged with real apricots, this Sour fan’s delight embodies the brewery’s mission to the fullest - and expresses California’s knack for provoking taste in every sip.
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