Portland, OR – This Friday January 10th will be the release of Upright Brewing’s highly anticipated 3rd annual release of “Fantasia” at the brewery tasting room in North Portland. 750ml white wax dipped bottles will be on sale for $20 each with a 3 per person limit.
Last year unprecedentedly sold out of Fantasia on the release day at the brewery which has resulted in a lower allotment per person this year. Beer Advocate gives Fantasia a 96 world-class ranking. Rate Beer assigns it an overall score of 100 and 98 for style. Depending on release day sales Fantasia cases may or may not make it out of the brewery for very limited distribution.
About the 2014 Fantasia:
Fantasia is a nod to Belgian fruit lambic beers, incorporating lots of fresh peaches and barrel fermentation. This vintage is a blend of six oak barrels, each of which was packed with over 100 pounds of fruit and a mix of yeasts and bacteria for a year before being bottled and conditioned at the brewery for several months to further develop. Fantasia displays a complex peach laden nose, tasting both earthy and floral with a distinct herbal note reminiscent of tomato leaves. Slightly more tart and less bitter than 2013, this vintage tastes more like the original. Like all batches though, the beer is ripe for cellaring several years.
Malts: Organic two-row pale, organic c-15
Hops: 2008 harvest crystal, warm aged four years
Yeasts: House saison and brettanamyces claussenii
Bacteria: lactobacillus delbruekii
Also: Baird Family Orchards peaches
Brewed: August 24th 2012, Bottled September 12th 2013
Total Yield: 92 cases and 3 kegs. 5.75% abv
About Upright Brewing
Upright Brewing specializes in farmhouse inspired beers rooted in France and Belgium but made with local ingredients and a Pacific Northwest twist, while also dabbling in both classic and quirky projects from around the world. The name is a reference to Charles Mingus and his primary instrument. Mingus was a musician whose compositions defy categorization. At Upright the recipes and processes are decidedly unbound, making for a true hybrid style that shares Mingus’ spirit of exercising creativity and craft.