Upright Hearts' Beat
Cherry Ale barrel aged in wine barrels
Hearts’ Beat was brewed first using Chelan cherries from Baird Family Orchards. Those are very dark and intense fruit, so the route on that beer was to showcase the fruit above all else. To achieve that, Upright brewers started with their usual process of using a very basic grist with aged hops for minimal bitterness, then ran the wort directly into eight casks that contained over 100 pounds of fruit in each. A blend of two different brettanomyces strains with some lactobacillus was added and the barrels sat for one year before blending and bottle conditioning which began in July of of 2016. The high tannin level lends the beer a distinct edge that holds up well against the acidity, and the amount of fruit makes the beer drink much like a cherry wine, a character that is enhanced at cellar temp over typical beer serving temperature. The Hearts’ Beat is not intended to mimic Belgian Kriek or any defined style, but rather to follow in the path of Fantasia as a beer combining elements of Belgian lambics, saisons, and our the brewers own whims.
Grains: two-row, wheat, melanoidin, special roast
Hops: 2012 harvest Columbia, aged at room temp
Also: Chelan cherries
Brewed: June 14th 2014, bottles on July 1st 2015
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