The first Wild Sour Series can to hit the market will be Here Gose Nothin’TM, which will be the brewery’s flagship, year-round canned sour. It is a traditional, German/Leipzig-style Gose, which undergoes spontaneous fermentation and exhibits a complex, ‘no-holds-barred’ acidic flavor and aroma contributed by wild yeast and lactic fermentation. Lemon, lime and other citrus-like qualities are present in aroma and on the palette, which is balanced by the spicy character of added coriander and a stylistic mineral-mouthfeel from added sea salt. The beer has a 5% ABV.
The Gose (a 2014 Silver Medal recipient at both the Los Angeles International Beer Competition and BTI’s World Beer Championship) will be soon followed in November by the release of Flanders Red, which has an initial impression of tart cherries and sour candy that dissipates into a complex palate displaying both a sharp lactic sourness with a backbone of caramel and biscuit malt profiles at 6.1% ABV, making it perfect for fall and winter months. Counter ClockWeisseTM (a 3% ABV Berliner-style Weisse, which won a Gold medal this summer at the Denver International Beer Competition and Silver at BTI’s World Beer Championship) will then hit the market in March 2015, and LynnbrookTM Raspberry Sour Ale (the brewery’s new fruited Berliner-style Weisse that recently received a Gold Medal at both BTI’s World Beer Championship and the Indiana State Fair) will be released next June to round out the canned sour series. The Wild Sours will be available to sample (on draft) at the brewery’s booth at this year’s Great American Beer Festival┬«.
“DESTIHL will be the only brewery (that we know of anyway since things change daily now!) that is packaging an entire series of sour beers in cans and one of less than a handful of breweries that has put sour beer in a can at all,” said Matt Potts, DESTIHL’S founder, CEO and Brewmaster. “This is something we have wanted to do for years, so it is awesome to see this canned Wild Sour Series become a reality.”
The Wild Sour beers will hit the shelves in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans in all 13 markets the brewery currently distributes to, including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington and Florida, and joins the brewery’s existing can line-up of Abbey’s SingleTM, Hoperation OverloadTM Double IPA and Strawberry Blonde Ale as well as another new can release planned for this fall: Vertex IPATM (to be announced soon).
DESTIHL will also be announcing in October its plans to begin releasing bottles of its highly regarded and widely anticipated barrel-aged Saint Dekkera┬« Reserve Sour Ales that have been aging for over a year at its new production brewery.
DESTIHL opened its first gastrobrewpub (DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works) in Normal, Illinois, in November 2007 and added its second gastrobrewpub in downtown Champaign in April 2011, where the company focuses on both artisan food and beers. DESTIHL’s 20,000sf production brewery in Bloomington, IL commenced operations on May 31, 2013 and includes a 25-barrel brewhouse, fermentation capacity of 15,000 barrels annually, plus a few hundred oak barrels and French oak foudres dedicated to aging its sour ales.