Welcome to the Outer Reaches
Since our inception in 2013, we knew we wanted to brew sours. Executing a world-class sour, however, requires a different toolkit and mentality than a "clean" beer program — in other words, it takes a lot of time. We dedicated a sizable amount of area and equipment to the experimentation, fermentation, and maturation of tart and funky beers, hard work that has reaped delicious rewards. After 4+ years, we are excited to introduce Outer Reaches Sour Ales, our wild and funky family of Brett Culture, Mixed Culture, and Fruited/Cuvée sours.
Our Outer Reaches Sour Ales program will have three tiers, each of which will explore the wide variety of flavors and aromas present in sour beers. Brettanomyces fermentation (Tier 1) will highlight fruity and funky characteristics; Mixed Culture fermentation (Tier 2) will showcase nuances caused by acid-producing bacteria (e.g. Lactobacillus & Pediococcus) and wood-aging; Fruited/Cuvée sours (Tier 3) will celebrate extensively aged beers and the lush depths that traditional and non-traditional fruit sugars and esters lend to mixed culture beers.
The first Outer Reaches brews will be released over the next few months, starting with Infinite Dawn, a Sour Blonde Ale, available this Friday, April 6th, at 3pm in the Rhinegeist taproom. Each beer in the Outer Reaches series will be available in 500ml bottles in extremely limited quantities in Ohio, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Indiana & Pittsburgh, PA.
For a deeper dive into our sours story, check out our blog feature.
For a first taste of Infinite Dawn, snag a spot in our Sour & Funk VIP Tasting Tour on Friday, April 6th, at 6pm.
For further information, check out the full Outer Reaches Sour Ales press release.