Firestone Walker Bretta Rose Wild Ale
Firestone Walker's Bretta Rose is made using fresh raspberries from the Santa Maria Valley, which have been permitted to ferment before being matured in French oak puncheons for no less than 6 months. The result is a rose-colored concoction that smells of raspberries and tastes of raspberries, making for a pleasing tartness that pairs well with its crisp, clean finish.
Thirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley. Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil. One of Santa Maria’s crown jewels is locally grown raspberries. We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations. Behold Bretta Rosé! A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem. Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish.