Over the past several years here at Throwback Brewery, we’ve been experimenting with a wide variety of barrels (gin, rum, pinot noir, bourbon, white wine, and more), as well as a variety of barrel-aging and fermenting techniques. This has resulted in a set of beers that we are extremely proud of – so proud that they fall into a category we are calling Rare Breed. The first beer in our Rare Breed series will be available Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 to our Rare Breed subscribers. It is a Peach & Apricot Pinot Noir Barrel-Fermented Sour that we find quite delicious, and we hope you do, too!

Here are our tasting notes:

– Appearance: Bright straw in color with a clean, white head that dissipates very quickly.

– Aroma: Notes of peach, light tangerine, white wine, earthy oak, and tart citrus — all underscored by a subtle funkiness.

– Taste & Mouthfeel: Take a sip, and you’ll first taste the delicate stone fruit flavors – mostly subtle peach and mild apricot, along with tart berries and light honey. At the end, you will taste a slight tang as well some light peppercorn notes, finishing with a pleasant oaky earthiness (which comes from fermenting and aging this beer in the pinot noir barrel). Although this beer started its life as a sour, it isn’t very sour – the tartness is akin to that of an underripe peach.

– Pairing: Try pairing this beer with grilled shrimp or perfectly seared scallops or pork chops. It would also go really well with our fish tacos, shrimp tacos with guacamole, and buttery cheeses. If saved until the warmer months, try this beer with a fresh, light salad and fruity & custardy desserts.

– Serving glass: When drinking this beer, we suggest using a tulip style glass, which should enhance this beer’s lovely fruity aroma.

– Stats – ABV 5.3% and 5 IBU.

Our Rare Breed Series features unique and whimsical barrel-aged beers that are often made only once, yet are extraordinary enough to be bottled and shared with you. While we may make many barrel-aged beers over the course of the year, only the very, very best will make it into the Rare Breed bottles. The first six Rare Breed beers will be sold as a series, which is on sale now online or at Throwback Brewery (7 Hobbs Road, North Hampton, NH).