Bottleworks IX Deviates From the Norm

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Each year, Wallingford’s beer mecca, Bottleworks, celebrates its anniversary by bringing out a limited edition beer brewed by a local/regional craft brewer. To mark the bottle shop’s ninth anniversary this year, they ventured down to Northern California for the services of Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing. For those who have had the opportunity to drink some of Vinnie’s creations, this is exciting news. Not only does the man make some of the best IPAs around (Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger), he’s also a master with barrel-aged Belgian-style sour beers. His …-ation line of beers (Damnation, Supplication, Sanctification, etc) rightfully have beer geeks shitting their pants in anticipation. Now we in Seattle get to thumb our noses at Northern California beer enthusiasts because Bottleworks IX is just for us. The beer is called Deviation and it’s a blend of three Russian River batches: PH1, Sonambic and Orphan Ale. It’s also bottle-conditioned with Brettanomyces, a type of yeast that gives the sour beers their distinctive qualities, described on the Russian River website as “rich aromas and flavors of earthiness, leather, smoke, barnyard, & our favorite descriptor–wet dog in a phone booth.”

All this talk of barrel-aging, weird yeasts and beer blending may sound like pretentious beer snob stuff. But trust me, if you have even a remote interest in sour beers, this is something you’ll have to try. 750 ml. bottles will be available at Bottleworks on Tuesday. I believe they’re going to cost $20 and there will be some kind of limit on how many you can buy (for me, $20 creates its own limit of just one). I’ve also heard whispers that a keg of Deviation will be on at Brouwer’s sometime this week. Not sure when, but keep that in mind. I’ve also heard a rumor that the beer for Bottleworks X in 2009 is coming into focus. Something to do with cherries and a brewery from Colorado. See you in line at Bottleworks on Tuesday.

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