Brett Golden Ale with La Crescent & St. Pepin Grapes
In the Fall of 2015, LaCrescent and St. Pepin grapes, two white grape cultivars originally bred for the upper Midwest, were harvested from a family vineyard in Marengo, Illinois, and then destemmed, crushed, and pressed. The grape juice was blended and added to each barrel, along with golden wort and a Brett Bruxellensis yeast strain. The resulting creation received a Silver medal at the 2017 L.A. International Beer Competition. The beer was aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels from J’s Vineyard & Winery, located in California’s scenic Russian River Valley in Sonoma County.