SALT LAKE CITY — The sun is out, birds are singing, bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming and Epic Brewing has just harvested a ripe, plump batch of its new Oak & Orchard Strawberry Rhubarb sour ale. It will be out just in time to welcome the time of year when the days are getting longer, the nights are getting later and if you aren’t barefoot then you are overdressed.
“This is definitely the most ‘Orchard’ of the Oak & Orchard series beers. We packed this blend with nearly two tons of strawberry and rhubarb,” said Epic Barrel Overlord Anthony Biaz. “The beer is light and super refreshing and perfect for a garden party or picnic.”
The base beer is a Lambic-inspired, 6.9% ABV, light sour ale that is aged in an oak foeder for eight months. The fruit is added toward the end of the aging process allowing most of the sugars from the fruit to be fermented, while leaving huge amounts of flavor and aroma. Like the other beers in the Oak & Orchard Series this beer will be released in single 375mL bottles. The Oak & Orchard labels have been redesigned to feature the name and description of each beer within the series on the label itself instead of a hang tag . The initial launch will be during the last week of May with full national distribution rolling out through the beginning of June.