2016 Garage Project Chateau Aro
WHAT IS IT?
This beer has only been made twice to date, originally brewed as an ale instead of a lager and contains over 10% of the total mass as Pinot juice plus it is rested on the skins for quite a lot of contact time. The aim was to extract tannins and then toss it into Escarpment Pinot barrels. It has created a very mellow and integrated beer which resembles full blown Pinot experience. Grape Harvest Beers celebrate that grapes are our local crop. There was too much interest in fresh hop beers after the first hopstock so after that we thought let's do something different. First we had the idea of a Pinot Pilsner (this became Rose de la Vallee). It started by talking to wineries, and the beer has to be timed very accurately. A big, strong ale, aged French oak barrels from Escarpment...Gorgeous.
The premiere example of what happens when you marry a gorgeous dark ale and some terrific Pinot Noir juice, grapeskins and barrels. This beer shows up with a deep rubescent colour that you would expect from a full bodied drop of vino. The aroma stacks up layers of red plums, ripe blackberries, oak and all supported by a wonderfully rich and luscious malt base that carries through in that order. You are getting the best of both worlds beer and wine when sipping on this beverage. It is a banger!