A Note on This Beer
The streets run red with the juices of sour cherries… the screams of Brett reverberate in the chambers of your mind, muffled only by the sound of lips smacking in devilish glee…
Prepare yourself for Crooked Stave’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Nightmare on Brett with Sour Cherries. This tart 9.666% ABV potion beckons with each sinister sip, earning a 4.34 BA rating and a spot as the #4 Best American Brett Ale in the country!
Today’s beer turns the world of sunny, frilly fruit Sours on its dark and foreboding head.
Paste Magazine lists the original Nightmare on Brett as one of their Top 30 Sours — and today’s edition will take you on an even more ominously tasty and boozy journey. It’s been cellared since 2016 for sinfully smooth depth.
Crooked Stave aged Nightmare in oak foeders with their mixed culture of wild yeast, and then transferred to Leopold Bros’ Whiskey Barrels with über tart Colorado Montmorency cherries. Each sip plunges through charred oak, bittersweet cocoa, and bracingly tart cherry skins.
The Brett character integrates with the cherry and whiskey influence, magnifying its dark fruit profile. It’s like a kirsch and cocoa sour cocktail stirred up by the spindly digits of Freddy Krueger.
Nightmare on Brett helped make the dark Sour-cerers at Crooked Stave a looming presence in the craft community — mention today’s beer to any craft aficionado and watch their eyes widen in longing.
This cellared treasure will add prestige to any collector’s stash and beckon Sour seekers to the dark side. Welcome to the darkest reaches of your Sour dreams. Unleash this nightmare at your own risk.
Rated 4.34, #4 American Brett Ale on BeerAdvocate; 4.30 on Untappd