Available Beers 9/25
Draft, Single Cans, and 500 mL Bottled Beers
** Variants are only available for growler fills to 2022 Sap and Founders Club members.
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Little By Cherry Limeade – Berliner Weisse with Cherries and Lime Juice – 3.6% ABV ($3.25/6.50):We infused this keg of traditional Berliner Weisse with second-use Maryland cherries. Then we added fresh lime juice and sugar-extract lime zest to make a refreshing sour-sweet fruit beer!
Little by Slowly – Berliner Weisse – 3.8% ABV ($3.25/6.50): Our first sour beer is back for the first time in two years! We skip the boil to preserve a fresh bread dough aroma from the malted wheat. Lactobacillus and a clean ale yeast then soured and fermented in tandem. Finally we naturally carbonated in the keg with one of our house cultures to increase the stonefruit, lemon, and mineral aromatics as time passes. Growlers Available
Color of Electricityᴳ – Grapefruit Shandy – 5.2% ABV ($3.25/6.5): This is a real-deal shandy! We infused a Pilsner with fresh grapefruit zest for a bright citrusy aroma. Then we blended in grapefruit juice for sweetness, acidity, and even more grapefruit flavor! Finally we gave it high carbonation for that fuzzy-tingling feeling on your tongue that is positively electric! Contains Sulfites. Order 4-pack/$17
White Painting – Hefeweizen – 5.2% ABV ($6.5 – 16oz CAN): Our hefeweizen combines malted and unmalted wheat to highlight the bready-doughy-fresh aromatics of this grain. Much like the famous (or infamous) all-white paintings, what may seem simple initially becomes enthralling as you look (or taste) closer! Order 4-pack/$15
Smüzí Piña Coladaᴳ – Smoothie Sour – 5.5% ABV ($4.25/8.50): A Sapwood smoothie sour… what a time to be alive! We loaded this batch with pineapple puree, cream of coconut, flaked coconut, and fresh lime zest for a Piña Colada. It’s sweet with a thick texture from all of the fruit and the richness of the coconut. Roll the can before opening to ensure an even texture in the glass! Contains Sulfites.
Rings of Light – Citra Pale Ale – 5.5% ABV ($3.25/6.50): Rings of Light is the purest expression of Sapwood hoppy beer. We use every trick in our brewing arsenal to saturate it with tropical, citrusy, and melony Citra® hop aromatics. Oats provide a creamy body, while our house ale strain creates a richness too often missing from session beers.
Passionfruit Ringsᴳ – Tropical Pale Ale – 5.5% ABV ($7.5 – 16oz CAN): We took our favorite pale ale (Rings of Light) with its intense Citra®-forward hop aroma of melon and orange and added 200 lbs of Passionfruit! Usually, the government won’t let us say our pale ales taste like “tropical fruit,” but they can’t stop us when there is actual passionfruit in it! Order 4-pack/$18
Reality is Frequently Inaccurate (2022) – Cedar-Grapefruit-Hibiscus BA Sour – 5.6% ABV ($18 – 500mL Bottle): Our golden sour base developed a beautiful fruity acidity after 18 months in barrels. We played that sourness off of the citrusy aromatics of fresh grapefruit zest, Spanish Cedar, and hibiscus. It has the look and flavor of ruby red grapefruit juice. Order 500 mL Bottle/$16
Sideways Blanc – White Wine Grape Seltzer – 5.7% ABV ($6.50 – 16oz CAN): A bright, snappy seltzer fermented with fresh white wine grape juice from Chile. Inspired by the lighter sparkling piquette wines for France. Order 4-pack/$16
Sapwood Kellersᴳ – Keller Pils – 5.8% ABV ($6.5 – 16oz CAN): “Kellerbier” (cellar beer) is unfiltered and unpasteurized, often hazy, with a fresh malt and hop flavor. We hopped our version with German Saphir in the kettle and again in the fermenter. Dry hopping isn’t exactly traditional for German Pilsners, but the enhanced herbal-citrus-spice hop character balances the grassy German Pilsner malt. Order 4-pack/$16
Sky Meadowᴳ – Festbier Lager
– 6.0% ABV ($3.25/6.50): Rather than a classic orange-hued Oktoberfest, Sky Meadow was inspired by the modern wiesn (meadow) beers served in the tents of Munich. Lighter in color, thanks to all German malts (Pilsner, Vienna, Munich, and Chit) and hoppier from a whirlpool addition of German Tettnang. We lagered it for six weeks near-freezing before canning to create the smoothest, crispiest festbier we could! Order 4-pack/$17
Prophecy of the Clockᴳ – Czech Dark Lager – 6.2% ABV ($3.25/6.50): Tmavé Pivo (Czech-style dark lager) is to Schwarzbier as Czech Pilsner is to German Pilsner. Both are dark lagers, but Tmavé Pivo is smoother, rounder, and maltier. We brewed ours with Czech-grown Pilsner and dark malts. It lagered for three months before tapping to marry the malt and hops into a cola, cocoa, bready, herbal harmony. Order 4-pack/$17
Shopper Gatherer – Barrel-Aged Cider – 6.9% ABV ($13 – 500mL BOTTLE): A blend of two batches of cider pressed from Virginia-grown Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, York, and Ida Red apples. One-third aged in a Sauvignon Blanc barrel for nine months, two-third in stainless steel. The result is tart and snappy, with a bright apple-forward aroma followed by some earthiness and vanilla from the oak. Order 500 mL Bottle/$11
Understated Lies – Hazy IPA – 7.0% ABV ($3.75/7.5): This is the extra-fruity and extra-creamy recipe for Exaggerated Truth, with a twist… Motueka! This variety from New Zealand brings spice and a lime-zest aroma that melds beautifully with the suggestion of lemongrass from the Cashmere. The hops mingle with passionfruit and banana notes from the blend of English ale and Hefeweizen strains. Growlers Available
Culinary Diplomacy – “Green Curry” IPA – 7.0% ABV ($3.75/7.5): Like many countries (including the US) Thailand engages in culinary diplomacy. They spend money to standardize and improve Thai restaurants all over the world. Their goal is to boost tourism and increase positive opinions of their county. It worked on us apparently… we borrowed the flavors of green curry for this IPA! It’s a little spicy, but the focus is on the beautiful aromatics of galangal (a cousin of ginger), lime leaf, Thai basil, and coconut! Growlers Available
Shadows Palerᴳ – Hellesbock Lager – 7.6% ABV ($7.5 – 16oz CAN): Not all bocks are dark, for the warmer weather there are paler bocks! Still loaded with bready maltiness from toasted German Vienna and Munich, but without as much sweetness or heaviness. Our version has a dose of Tettnang hops in the whirlpool for a little herbal-spice, even after more than a month off lagering! Order 4-pack/$18
Mélange Lauréate – Barrel-Aged Wine Grape Sour – 7.7% ABV ($5/10 – 5 and 10 oz Pours): This is a special beer that has been in the works for more than three years. The two barrels spent 30 months aging then six months refermenting on Merlot and Cabernet grape must. Finally extended bottle conditioning makes for a true hybrid of the flavors on mixed-ferment beer and red wine. The deeper vinous notes mingle with the mineral and hay notes from the Brettanomyces. Bottle Release 9/24
Drenched in Green w/ Other Half – Hazy DIPA – 8.2% ABV ($4.25/8.5): In 2021 we visited Other Half to brew Cone Concentrate – a DIPA with Omega’s Cosmic Punch® and loads of Simcoe and Simcoe Cryo. It was so good we invited them up to brew a similar batch at Sapwood! We blended Simcoe from each brewery for added depth of mango and pine, plus 50% more oats and wheat than usual for an extra-luscious base! Growlers Available
Conspiratorial Tone – Weizenbock – 8.3% ABV ($4.25/8.50): German wheat beers tend to be pale and refreshing… but that isn’t always the case. Weizenbocks aren’t as easy to spot as Hefeweizens, but if you look for them it is worth the effort! We brewed this version with bready German Munich and Vienna malts, and both light and dark wheat malts, and hopped with German Tettnang for a subtle balancing bitterness. We can-conditioned it for higher carbonation and more aging potential! Order 4-pack/$19
Ruby Throne – Barrel-Aged Marionberries Sour Red – 8.8% ABV ($5/10 – 5 and 10oz Pours): We added 250 lbs of marionberries to this strong, sour red ale. As far as berries go, marionberries are the jammiest! They imbued a deep winey aroma, complimenting the vinous character created during the beer’s time in red wine barrels. The acidity is snappy, providing balance to the malt without disrupting drinkability. The fruit intensifies the red color of the base beer into a vivid ruby. The result is a libation suitable for a monarch to sip from a crystal goblet after a hard day of ruling. Bottle Release 9/24
Amethyst Throne (2020) – Port Barrels Sour Red with Blackberries – 9.3% ABV ($22 – 500mL BOTTLE): We added 300 lbs of blackberries to this strong, sour red ale. As far as berries go, blackberries have a less-distinct more-complex flavor. They imbued a deep winey aroma, complimenting the vinous character created during the beer’s time in oversized port-barrels. The acidity is moderate, providing balance to the malt without disrupting drinkability. The fruit intensifies the red color of the base beer into a vivid ruby. The result is a libation suitable for a monarch to sip from a crystal goblet after a hard day of ruling. IN HOUSE ONLY
There Are No Edges 2022 – Red Wine Barrel Sour Red – 10.0% ABV ($20 – 500mL BOTTLE): We selected Pinot Noir and Malbec barrels to age a massive sour red for more than a year. The result, aromas of plum and raisin, caramel flavor, with moderate acidity to balance. Dry, and surprisingly smooth for its heft. It is delicious now, but it will only improve with time. Order 500 mL Bottle/$18
Edge Piece – Chocolate Vanilla Stout – 10.6% ABV ($9.5 – 16oz CAN): This imperial stout is inspired by the crispy edge of a brownie. Cacao nibs and vanilla beans add the expected chocolate flavor while the English and German roasted malts in the base provide the toasty almost-charred flavors of baking in the oven. Caramel malts impart sweetness and depth of dessertiness. Order 2-pack/$14
CBW – Cognac BarleyWine – 11.8% ABV ($24 – 500mL BOTTLE): For our first barrel-aged barleywine we targeted a midpoint between the American and English styles. The malt is English with Maris Otter and English Extra Dark Crystal, intensified by a six-hour boil. The fermentation and hopping are New World, with significant bitterness and fruitiness from a dose of Australian Galaxy mid-boil. After more than a year in an over-sized (106 gallon) French Cognac puncheon the beer is not obviously hoppy, instead blending with the fruitiness of the Cognac to create a beautiful red apple character that plays off the intense caramel and sherry-like oxidative notes. IN HOUSE ONLY
Firebeast – Cinnamon Whiskey BA Stout – 13.1% ABV ($24 – 500mL BOTTLE): Imperial Stout Aged with Muscovado aged in Cinnamon and Malt Whiskey Barrels. IN HOUSE ONLY