This beer comes to us from our quality control specialist, Tyler Glaze. Inspired one night while watching the most recent release of the movie True Grit, Tyler imagined what it would be like to be an old washed up alcoholic sheriff from the wild west era. This thought inevitably lead into other thoughts, to where eventually he was trying to imagine what one from this time period would smell like on a daily basis. Figuring that most nights were probably spent out on the plains around bonfires, horse blankets, and booze, Tyler came to the conclusion that one probably ended up giving off a fairly rank aroma of sage and whiskey. Although probably not the best smell for a person to give off, the thought of a beer containing some of these characteristics was quite intriguing. Just like an old wagon wheel, the ideas began to turn and recipes were set into motion to see if a sage infused beer could become another enjoyable craft brew creation from our Bellaire brewery. Fresh sage has an amazing aroma. Incredibly pungent and pronounced, the smell given off by many varieties can easily be compared to hops. Also like hops, sage can taste quite bitter, so it only made sense that a hop focused beer like a Pale Ale would be used for this latest experiment with non traditional brewing ingredients. Sage also has a long history for being a medicinal herb dating back to Native Americans who would use it to treat anything from the common cold to brewing with it in teas to help stop internal bleeding caused by battle wounds. Sage has also been viewed as having mystical or magical powers, and many cultures would burn it believing that the smoke could be used to ward off evil spirits, dispel negative energy, and to purify or bless households. Interestingly enough, the type of sage used to create this beer was called Sacred Sage, which is a white sage variety.The final outcome was a surprisingly fitting and appropriate deviation from a traditional American Pale Ale, that only partially fulfilled Tyler's concept of recreating the "smells" of the wild west. Therefore, the beer that is going to be featured on tap at the pub is basically "part one" of Sagejuana. The ultimate culmination of this idea wont fully been seen until the Bourbon barrel aged version is released in a few months! Until then, enjoy the pleasant applications of fresh sage as a flavorful and bitter compliment in a hoppy pale ale.
Bourbon Sagejuana: An burnt orange colored American IPA with notable sage and resiny pine aromas aged in bourbon barrels for up to 10 months, producing bold flavors of vanilla, charred oak, and even a slight booziness. Medium bodied with relatively low malt sweetness, floral fruity hops infuse with agreeable herbaceous flavors that contribute equally to a heightened bitterness, which eventually fades, leaving an undeniable and satisfying aftertaste of fresh sage resonating on the palate. Related beers: Bourbon Carrot Cake, It's About Thyme, Juicy Tre. ABV 6.0, IBUs 65, OG 1, FG 1.
he final outcome was a surprisingly fitting and appropriate deviation from a traditional American Pale Ale, that only partially fulfilled Tyler's concept of recreating the "smells" of the wild west. Therefore, the beer featured on tap at the pub was basically "part one" of Sagejuana. The ultimate culmination of this idea won't fully been seen until the Bourbon barrel aged version is released.