On Saturday, February 29th breweries across the state celebrate Washington Beer Open House, a statewide celebration of beer and brewing. In Yakima, at Single Hill Brewing, the celebration includes the release of its Treeline Series. They’ll also offer brewery tours with the company’s founders, and that is mentioned below, but let’s talk about the beer.
The release of the Treeline Series marks the brewery’s first venture into the world of barrel-aged, wild-fermented beers, created with the blessings of locally sourced fruit. They’ll tap a limited amount of the beers at the event, with all three beers available for purchase in bottles.
Here’s the info straight from Single Hill Brewing:
We’re very excited to announce the first release of our Treeline Series of barrel aged-bottles on Saturday, February 29th. Be the first to take these bottles home! There will be a limited quantity of the three beers on tap (available in flights and 10oz pours until gone).
Explore the brewhouse with exclusive brewery tours with the founders at 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM.
To pair with the beer, Johnson Orchards will be on site with pie by the slice (cherry, apple, triple berry) with an optional side of ice cream…mmm!
ABOUT THE BEER
Treeline is our first foray into bottled and barrel-aged beer which we’ve been carefully preparing over the past year. Treeline beers are designed to bring together elements of wine, beer and spirits to create outstanding beers that cross boundaries. They celebrate collaboration and the abundance of the Yakima Valley by elevating outstanding beers through oak barrels, winemakers methods, fresh local fruit, spirits and wild fermentations. From the farmer’s boot prints in the dirt and aromatic orchard canopies, to barrels with history, each bottle has a story to tell.
WOOD: Merlot Barrels, Gilbert Cellars (Yakima, WA).
FRUIT: Robada Apricots, Gilbert Orchards (Yakima, WA).
We aged this special Belgian golden ale for 7 months in freshly-emptied Merlot barrels. Then, at the peak of the season, we hand-processed fresh-picked apricots and fermented them with the beer. Supremely unique, this beer shares elements of oaky wine and fresh apricot pie.
WOOD: Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels, JB Neufeld (Yakima, WA).
FRUIT: Montmorency and Bing Cherries, Johnson Orchards (Yakima, WA).
We aged this special Belgian golden ale for 7 months in freshly-emptied Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Then, at the peak of the season, we hand-processed tart and sweet dark cherries and fermented them with the beer. It is not sour and shares elements of oaky wine and fresh cherry pie.
WOOD: Used French Oak Barrels.
FRUIT: Sugar Time Peaches & Honey Star Plums, Johnson Orchards (Yakima, WA).
Star Time began life as Hitched, our fruity and tart kettle sour fermented with our Yakima-grown sourdough culture. We aged it in oak barrels for months before blending and refermenting with fresh golden plums and ripe peaches dripping with juice. It’s a bit or summer captured in a bottle.