Strange Roots Red Briar

This was the second beer that I had at Strange Roots. It was very crowded, but Val and I found a table and played Uno for a bit. We’re both super competitive, so it’s an extra fun game for us to play. Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A distinctly tart and complex American wild ale reminiscent of a West Flanders style ale. Fermented with red raspberry juice and local yeast aged in French Oak red wine casks.”

Random: The taproom was a bit dark. It made it a little hard to see.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright red color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of red wine barrel notes, which wasn’t surprising, given it is aged in red wine barrels. It had a significant raspberry note with some aged white vinegar and a touch of vanilla. The taste was equally complex and pleasant. I picked up a lot of the tartness with the aged white vinegar and it quickly transitioned into warm oak and raspberry to complement the tartness. The alcohol was well-hidden and it had a lighter than expected body. It was pleasantly carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tartness and oak. I would definitely have this one again. It was worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Strange Roots Party In The Dark

The next brewery that we visited was Strange Roots. Since we were in Pittsburgh during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, it was definitely a little crazier than normal. Anyways, let’s see how the beer was.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Strange Roots exists at the intersection of farmhouse brewing tradition and creative, locally-driven experimentation. We’re passionate about celebrating our environment through the use of local ingredients, varying fermentation methods and micro flora, and strive to create unique artisan ales inspired by our surroundings here in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.”

Random: They had really good ice cream sandwiches at the brewery.

The beer poured with a half a finger of thick, light brown head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass, along with a small crown on top of the body. The body was dark brown, almost black and had no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was super complex. I picked up some dark fruit like currants and figs and then cocoa and hazelnuts. The taste was equally complex. It started with currants, figs and red grapes. There was also some red wine barrel. There was some oak and vanilla along with some cocoa and hazelnuts. The body was on the medium side with some alcohol burn. There was moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with oak and red wine grapes. I loved this beer and its complexity. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0