Beer Buzz – Firestone Walker Celebrates Beer/Wine Hybrids, Trillium’s New Farmhouse Brewery And More!

Yikes, September already…and clearly the craft beer biz isn’t slowing down any time soon. But no worries, the Beer Buzz is always on the case, keeping you up on all the beer news and lifestyle that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you don’t want to miss that!

Firestone Walker Terroir Project Will Explore Beer-Wine Hybrids (Los Olivos, CA) – Firestone Walker has invited seven of the world’s best breweries to participate in the Terroir Project, a first-ever event that explores the fusion of grape and grain and how ‘terroir’—or sense of place—drives what we taste.

From the West Coast to the East Coast, London to New Zealand, each participating brewery attending the Terroir Project was invited to produce their own distinct hybrid, but with three binding stipulations: they all had to use the same grain bill; the same maturation period in barrels; and the same co-fermented percentage of wort and wine grapes. The kicker: all grapes had to be grown within 100 miles of each brewery.

Hosted By hosted by Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks and featuring brilliant breweries like London’s Beavertown, New Zealand’s Garage Project, Austin-based Jester King, Side Project from St Louis, Chico, California’s Sierra Nevada and Boston’s Trillium, The Terroir Project takes place on September 29th . Tickets are necessarily limited and intimate by design. Sounds awesome!

Trillium to build new farmstead brewery in Connecticut

Trillium Is Crossing State Lines (North Stonington, CT) – Massachusetts’ tremendously popular Trillium Brewing, which already has locations in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood and Canton, (not to mention their summer and winter beer gardens) has announced plans to cross state lines and open a Connecticut farm brewery in North Stonington.

Trillium Farm & Brewery, which intends to mirror the company’s values, affords them the “immense capacity to expand our community impact.” According to their website announcement  Trillium plans to “brew estate-grown beers, establish an agriculture program to feed our restaurant and breweries, and create a destination for you to share experiences with us, family, and friends.”

What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (Birmingham, AL) – We recently tapped into a new Funk Farm Series release from Alabama’s oldest and largest craft brewery, Good People Brewing, and it was audaciously delicious. Black Currant & Raspberry Farmhouse Ale is a 6.7% ABV oak-aged farmhouse ale brewed with black currants and raspberries that’s worth chasing down.

Connecticut countryside image credit: Trillium

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