The journey of this beer began when we brewed a “wheat wine” strong ale and matured it in wheat whiskey barrels to create a base of boozy cereal goodness. Into this mix, we added 20-percent Central Coast white wine juice to layer in a sweet fruity dimension.
“The wheat elements bring a clean, cereal grain flavor dimension to the beer, while the wheated barrels amplify this effect,” said Barrel Program Manager Eric Ponce. “And here we are in Paso Robles, surrounded by vineyards, so we played off the ‘wheat wine’ style by incorporating actual wine grape juice, which contributes a fruity ester sweetness.”
Finally, after 12 months of barrel aging, we incorporated whole roast coffee beans, cocoa nibs, and cinnamon spice to accentuate the core flavors.
“We asked ourselves, ‘What flavors will play nicely against this sweeter base beer?’” Eric said. “Cocoa nibs add this chocolaty mouthfeel, while the coffee brings a slightly bitter note with fruit-forward flavors. The cinnamon adds a bit of spiciness. You end up with a beer that encompasses the sensations of sweet, bitter, and spice in a way that’s really complementary and complex.”
The result is a harmonious barrel-aged beer that will astonish your senses. Find Houses In Motion now at our three locations or our online store.