Summer Fallow (2020)
Dwinell Country Ales
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A Note on This Beer
It took some serious temptation to get us to drive 4 hours east of Seattle to the fertile plateau of Goldendale, Washington. We’re talking the lure of potentially discovering the next big thing in Farmhouse brewing!
That’s why we trekked out to Dwinell Country Ales after they were named one of the Top 3 Small Breweries in the Country by Craft Beer & Brewing.
The Washington Beer Award-winning brewery runs on the same land where the malts, hops, fruit, and wild yeast are harvested — everything that goes into their beer is local. You can really taste what it’s like to visit their taproom from each sip of their beer.
All of Dwinell’s small-batch brews are genuinely unique and special, but we’re debuting them to the Tavour community with something exceptional — even for them.
It’s called Summer Fallow Hoppy Farmhouse Ale. And with only 27 cases made, not only is it one of the most limited beers they’ve ever released, it’s also one of their brightest and most tart creations.
For Summer Fallow, Dwinell uses their house mixed fermentation to deliver an herbal tang and notes of stonefruit funk. Then they hop it with Azzaca, Idaho 7, and El Dorado Hops for a watermelon lemonade-like character. Dwinell barrel-ages it for 8-12 months in oak, giving the brew a kiss of woody vanilla. And then a final dry-hopping of Citra Cryo blasts it with juicy pineapple.
We want you to experience what we have: a taste of one of the next big breweries to make their mark on Farmhouse Ales. Based on all the hype so far, we think they have the potential to be as well respected as de Garde, Hill Farmstead, and even Side Project.
We also urge you, if you ever have the chance, take a trip out to their taproom in Goldendale, Washington — it’s an experience unlike any other. But until then, the next best thing comes in today’s bottle.
*Summer Fallow is intentionally low-carbonated due to the potential tartness of this style of beer, the semi-stillness keeps the tanginess mellow and super drinkable.
Rated 4.29 on Untappd from the few lucky enough to try it.