Out in Orange County, CA, The Bruery (Orange County, CA) has always been known to push the boundaries of what we think of as beer, and their newest release, Malbec de Luz, is no different.
The release of this edition of the “Terroir Project” shows The Bruery showcasing a beer/wine hybrid to highlight the uniqueness of their home soil (or as the name would suggest, terroir). To do this, they turned to a local vineyard in Temecula, CA, to source the grapes for this beer.
The beer was aged on French Oak puncheons along with the Malbec grapes from the vineyard. The finished result is a dark red, fruit-forward ale with notes of oak and slight acidity from the lambic wort used as the base for the beer.
This is The Bruery’s second time participating in the Terroir Project, organized by fellow California brewer, Firestone Walker Brewing Company. The rules for the project are as follows:
“The same methodology of handling the grapes [is used for each beer]; and the same co-fermented percentage of wort (51%) and red wine grapes (49%) fermented with wild flora. The kicker: all grapes had to be grown within 100 miles of each brewery.”
Malbec de Luz is available now at all three of The Bruery’s locations.