Oak Barrel Aged Sour Ale w/ Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc Grapes.
Tao is a beer-wine hybrid built on Black Sears grapes and aged in oak barrels. These cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc grapes come from a wild, remote, biodynamic vineyard atop Napa's Howell Mountain. During the 2019 harvest, Black Sears shared a literal ton of their spent grape skins with us. We brewed a beer that fermented 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 with our house strain of Brettanomyces. Burgundy in color with a light pink head, expect this ale to deliver essences of black cherry, plum, and cranberry, together with pronounced minerality and a fair amount of funk. We love the way these grapes, so unique to that rugged and biologically diverse mountaintop terroir, shine in this special collaboration that will simultaneously satisfy your cravings for both beer and wine. Show Less