Serious beer aficionados will want to make plans early for this event at Alesong Brewing and Blending
Seriously? Summer just started and I am already flippin’ out about an event that doesn’t happen until September. It doesn’t even have a catchy, clever name. It’s simply called Terroir Festival. Why should you care? I’ll tell you.
At some point last year I was working on an article for Sip Magazine when I tasted one of the most-spectacular beers to ever pass my lips. It was from Alesong Brewing and Blending and it was called Terroir Project: Antiquum Farm. (I know what you’re thinking; yeah, my job does not suck.)
The aforementioned beer of exceptional character and charm was spontaneously fermented with the Willamette Valley’s airborne yeast and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir grapes. Like the valley itself, it was a beautiful beer and the memory of it still tickles a synapse somewhere in the insular cortex of my beer-loving brain.
That’s the kind of beer you can expect to find at Alesong Brewing and Blending all the time, but this upcoming event is something beyond even that. On Saturday, September 24th, Alesong Brewing and Blending hosts an exclusive list of breweries from all over the United States. It’s an intimate festival celebrating beer, wine, and terroir, including the release of beers created for Firestone Walker Brewing’s multi-brewery collaboration Terroir Project. Tickets will go on sale beginning July 20 at 10:00 A.M. at www.alesongbrewing.com/terroir-festival.
For the Terroir Project, Firestone Walker Brewing invites a select group of breweries to produce its own distinct beer-wine hybrid, but with a set of binding stipulations. First, all the beers are brewed using the same grain bill. Next, each brewery uses the same methodology of handling the grapes (when possible). Finally, each uses the same co-fermented percentage of wort and red wine grapes, 51% to 49% respectively. Each is fermented with wild flora. And here’s the big kicker, all grapes must come from within 100 miles of each brewery.
Get it? These beers are designed to really represent the local terroir. The breweries involved, obviously, must be near wine country. Alesong Brewing and Blending is one of those breweries.
Alesong will release more details about the upcoming event, including brewery participants, over the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale beginning July 20 at 10:00 A.M. at www.alesongbrewing.com/terroir-festival.
Hands to Baby Jeebus, if the beer I tasted last year is an indication of the of blessings that await, you’ll want to get tickets ASAP.
For more beer-related events around Washington, check out the Washington Beer Blog’s events page.