Discretion Brewing Partners with Local Non-Profit for Barrel-Aged Sour Series

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Santa Cruz, CA – With the release of Woodland Critters No.1 , Discretion Brewing aims to venture into new territory in search of profound and unexpected flavors.

The Woodland Critters series will focus on barrel-aged sour ales. For the first release in this adventurous new series Discretion utilized a mixed culture of pediococcus, lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and saccharomyces. After filling a used whiskey barrel with the base beer, the brewers added these “critters” and allowed them to feast on the sugars remaining in the beer while finding a new home and sanctuary in the cracks and crevices inside the wooden staves. According to Brewmaster Michael Demers, “The result is a beer of marvelous complexity, featuring wine-like acidity with notes of plum, toffee, vanilla and dates. Hints of the barrel’s previous life dedicated to whiskey linger in the background.”

This very special beer has a limited production of less than 350 bottles.

Discretion has partnered with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County for the Woodland Critters series, No. 2 and No. 3 of which are in barrels now. Discretion is donating $2.00 for every bottle produced to help them continue their crucial work of preserving our local lands and critters.

“We hope that as people enjoy this beer, they will feel good about playing a small part in the preservation of local open spaces and wildlife habitat,” says Dustin Vereker, Chief Beer Ambassador at Discretion Brewing.

Available in 500ml bottles. Barrel-aged sour ale. 7.4% alc/vol.

Release event on 12/12/15 at 12:00pm at the Discretion Brewing Tap Room located at 2703 41st Ave. Soquel, CA 95073

About Discretion Brewing
Discretion Brewing is a family-owned company in Santa Cruz, CA dedicated to producing handcrafted organic beer of consistent high quality. We have defined “Discretion” with the words, “wisdom,” “wit,” and “kindness.” These are qualities we hope define our interactions with each other, our customers, and our community. We encourage the notion that we all have the freedom to decide what we consume. Whether it’s Uncle Dave’s Rye IPA, Shimmer Pils, Oh Black Lager, or one of our latest one-off seasonals, our beers exhibit balance and are best enjoyed in the company of others. Visit the brewery’s website for more information about who we are, what we do, and the beers we make.

About Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
The Land Trust’s goal is to protect, care for, and provide access to the lands that make Santa Cruz County special. We protect working lands, like farms and timberland, and natural lands with high conservation value–thus protecting water supplies, wildlife, habitats, biodiversity, and recreational opportunities. The Land Trust is currently working to raise $20 million to build the Highway 17 wildlife tunnel, save local farmland, build 45 miles of new trails for mountain biking and hiking, and help build the Coastal Rail Trail.


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