Beer: Wine included
Artisanal brewers are turning to wine grapes to make great beer, said Spike Carter in Bloomberg.com. Whether the grains and grapes are co-fermented from the start or wedded halfway through, the results are “wildly unique, sometimes odd, and usually a delicious blurring of the lines.”
Stillwater Oude Bae ($12 per four-pack). Perfect for a picnic, this winning hybrid is a sour amber ale aged in French oak with pinot noir grapes. It delivers “an appealing funk and richness.”
Brasserie Cantillon Saint Lamvinus ($40 for 750 ml). A blend of Belgian lambics is aged in oak with merlot grapes to create Saint Lamvinus, a cult-worthy hybrid with a “brilliant burgundy hue.”
Upright Brewing Co. Oregon Native ($20 for 750 ml). This “jazzy pleasure” is also barrel-fermented with pinot noir grapes, and has the red-fruit aroma typical of pinot.