If refreshing relaxation and a dose of self-care are on your agenda for the rest of the summer, we’ll we’ve got your ‘cumber. Chill Vibes is a brand new seasonal sour ale that layers cool cucumber flavor and aroma on top of a tart Berliner Weisse base. Clocking in at just 4.5% ABV, you can feel good about Chill Vibes being your new crush.
Chill Vibes Sour Ale with Cucumber was made for the lazy days of summer when self-care and relaxation are the only things on your to-do list. Available seasonally, Chill Vibes releases on draft and in six-packs on Monday, August 5.
Sensory coordinator Abby Zender shares more about Chill Vibes:
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THIS BEER?
I had a keg of Berliner Weisse that I was experimenting with, and since our brewmaster Steven had asked me to “fruit” them, I kind of thought cucumber would be a funny prank to include in the mix, but then it actually ended up tasting pretty great. The brewers dialed in the recipe, and we scaled it up on the brewhouse, testing it side by side in the Beer Hall with other flavors like tangerine popsicle. The people voted, and Chill Vibes was a winner. I also LOVE pickles, so I’m personally very excited to see this beer get a national release.
ARE THERE REAL CUCUMBERS IN THE BEER?
We use something called cucumber essence. Unlike most “natural and artificial flavors” which use food grade chemicals to replicate natural aromas, essences are the result of using actual cucumbers put through the distillation process.
WHAT BASE BEER IS USED FOR CHILL VIBES?
The base of this beer is our Berliner Weisse, a sour wheat ale that originated in Germany. This classic style was crafted using our house ale yeast and house kettle sour blend (lactobacillus) to produce lactic acid.
HOW SOUR IS IT?
That’s a bit subjective, but I’d say it’s well balanced. The target pH is 3.4, making it a little less sour than lemon juice, which has a pH of 3.
WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY TASTING NOTES?
Our sensory panel shared words like crackery, clean, smooth, effervescent, mouthwatering cucumber with a sour taste that isn’t over the top.
Aroma – Fresh cucumber, lemon/citrus, refreshing lactic acidity
Malt – Minimal, subtle sweetness
Hops – N/A
Balance – Acidity/cucumbers
Body – Light
Alcohol by Volume – 4.5%
IBUs – 11
Color – 8 EBC
Havarti, Eggs Benedict, citrusy salads, key lime pie, a gentle breeze and a hammock
Enjoy your ticket to primo relaxation – available nationally, find your local store here.