Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Blueberry

Posted: May 10, 2016 in Almanac Beer Co., American Wild Ale, Reviews

One of the beer podcasts that I listened to had a feature with the brewer from Almanac. He went through all of their processes and how they get fruit from local farmers and only brew with what’s in season. After hearing about that, I’m not going to lie, it made me start looking out for their beers. That’s why this came home with me from New York…


ABV: 7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We selected the very best hand-picked blueberries grown in the hills of Butte County, California, and added them to a sour golden ale aged in wine barrels. The resulting beer is infused with a delicate blueberry essence, a reminder of long summer days. Our Farm To Barrel beers build on the eons old tradition of aging beers in oak casks. Farmer’s Reserve Blueberry is a golden ale fermented with our house sour culture. After primary fermentation, the beer is racked into wine barrels on top of mounds of freshly picked Northern California blueberries. After many months of maturing in the barrels, the beer takes on a luscious purple-pink tone, berry flavors and a lip smacking tartness. Farmer’s Reserve Blueberry is alive in the bottle and will continue to mature gracefully for years. Pair with funky cheeses, citrusy winter salads and robust meat dishes like short ribs or venison.”


This beer poured with almost no head. What was there was pure white. It dissipated by the time I tried to take a picture. The body was cloudy and a light red color. There was a decent amount of carbonation visible. The nose was incredibly inviting. It had fresh blueberries, lemon flesh and white wine grapes. The taste started with lacto sour character and lemon flesh. It wasn’t overwhelming, but significant. Blueberry juice came through next and then, oak and white wine. There was a subtle vanilla character from the barrel as well. The body was light with high carbonation. The finish was quick with lacto sourness and oak. A bottle of this was $13.99 ($1.17 per ounce), which is certainly expensive, but worth the price tag. This beer was outstanding. The level of the sourness was perfect and the blueberry character added depth to it and I loved the character from the oak. If this is a beer that you can find and you like sours, you need to have this beer. You won’t be disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0


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