Bretta Tangerine - Batch 1 (2018)
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
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A Note on This Beer
Thanks to Tavour members like you who show an overwhelming appreciation for Firestone Walker’s barrel-aged beers, the brewery has returned the favor with VIP access to their cellar!
It’s a chance to taste their GABF award-winning skills and their proprietary funky, Bretty, house mixed culture. Not to mention the complexity of a tangerine fermented Wild Ale aged in 100% French Oak Barrels.
Bretta Tangerine Batch 1 (2018 Vintage) is an elegant find. The brewery only made 2,200 cases, and over two years later, there are only a fraction left in existence!
Firestone has been cellaring this brew to tart and funky perfection for over two years! Here’s how this delicate gem has been winning over palates since 2018:
- Firestone Walker showcases tangerines grown just south of of their Barrelworks in the hills surrounding Ojai, CA, by ranchers who specialize in tangerines.
- They created a thick, pulpy mass used to brew this beer by utilizing nearly 90% of the volume of 1,000lbs of tangerines.
- The brewery ages Bretta Tangerine for 8-36 months of maturity in a blend of barrels to evoke tannins and woody spice.
- They use Brett throughout the brewing process. From fermenting with it in stainless steel for a month to moving it into barrels with their "house culture" to develop funk that accentuates the citrus, stone fruit, oak, and floral notes.
- The brewers then bottle-condition the beer for over two months to create its champagne-like carbonation.
The result is a bold, 6.2% ABV, Barrel-Aged Wild Ale with leagues of depth — far more complex than a typical Sour.
Looking to elevate your palate? A taste of Bretta Tangerine feels like stepping into a prized barrel room.
Firestone walker has been crafting barrel-aged beers for over 14 years. Their barrel program alone has won more awards than most breweries have in total!
Tavour strictly supports independent beer. Firestone Walker Brewing Company is certified independent by the Brewers Association