Breakside Brewery “Quiescence” Is Last of 2018 Barrel-Aged Sour Series

Breakside Brewery likes bugs and barrels as much as hops and barley. The last of the brewery’s barrel-aged sour series of 2018 is Quiescence. This final edition of this year’s series of sour 500ml bottle releases is a heavily pinot barrel-aged blend of barrels.

Ben Edmunds, brewmaster for Breakside, said, “This program allows us to express some of the most challenging, exciting and inspiring styles in brewing today, and we have had a blast releasing these beers to more people over the past year. We’re looking forward to creating more beautiful beers in this series, which are challenging and sometimes several years in the making.”

Quiescence is a blend of 13 casks of wood-aged sour beer aged for 12 months in Archery Summit Pinot Noir barrels. Its name, which means a state of inactivity or prelude, reflects the time suspended in the brewery’s barrel house, waiting for release. It features notes of sandalwood, light stonefruit and mild oak in a balanced, mixed-culture sour. ABV: 5.9% / IBU: 3

Some of the other beers released in the 2018 Breakside Sour series included:

  • In the City of Flowers, blended sour beer aged on Oregon-grown peaches and chamomile, and then conditioned on jasmine flowers
  • Ziggurat, a Brett-forward beer with vivid floral undertones
  • Qualia, blended from 15 casks of mixed culture beers and aged on mangoes after blending
  • #MoreFriends #MoreMemories, a blending of 18 casks from the cellar over a generous helping of raspberries

Breakside’s brewers are planning even more exotic creations in this program for 2019, exploring different barrel options and ingredients.  Read all about Breakside’s Barrel Program Here.

Breakside Quiesence interior label art

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