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Oak Barrel-Aged Sour Ale with Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc Grapes
*Collaboration with Black Sears Winery      


Format: 375ml bottle


Tao is a unique sour ale, a beer-wine hybrid built on organic cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc grapes and aged in oak barrels. These grapes come from a wild, remote, biodynamic vineyard atop Napa's Howell Mountain, Black Sears; they have been described as "containing the entire diversity of the forest." During the 2020 harvest, Black Sears shared a literal ton of their spent grape skins with us. Their wine went into barrels, and we brewed a beer onto the grape skins. Fermented solely on the pre-existing yeast on the skins from the wine fermentation, we then pressed the skins and aged the beer for a year in Bordeaux wine barrels before bottle conditioning the beer with our house strain of Brettanomyces. The result is a naturally effervescent, rosé-like hybrid. Blush pink in color with a white head. Expect this ale to deliver essences of strawberry, dark cherry, and red wine, together with pronounced minerality and subtle notes of French oak. We love the way these grapes, so unique to that rugged and biologically diverse mountaintop terroir where they grow, shine in this special collaboration that will simultaneously satisfy your cravings for both beer and wine.

Sensory Notes:

Appearance: Blush Pink Color, White Head
Aroma: Dark Cherry, Wet Granite, Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Light Oak
Flavor: Fresh Strawberry, Cherry, Wet Granite, Raspberry, Floral, Subtle French Oak
Mouthfeel: Highly Effervescent, Medium Body, Subtle Tannins