Firestone Walker’s Terroir Project Returns, Blurring the Lines Between Beer and Wine
Join Firestone Walker on Saturday, Sept. 21st at a private Firestone family ranch for the 2nd annual Terroir Project – a unique event that blurs the lines of what is beer and wine.
Ter’wär // the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography & climate.
In 2017, seven breweries passionate about wild ales gathered to discuss the hybrid between beer & wine, noting how our different regions (or terroir) differ based on that particular region’s variants. We came up with a concept: what if we each brewed the same beer but allowed our local influences to take shape & see how our beers differ. The Terroir Project was born: an experimental crossover between wine & beer! In 2019 the Terroir Project has doubled down with 14 breweries, each of whom made a wild ale that is a one-off for this specific event.
West Ranch is located just 15 minutes from Barrelworks in a vineyard setting on the private Firestone family property & until now has never been open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will be benefitting the Pacific Conservatory Theatre. The Terroir Project is hosted by the folks at our wild ale facility, Barrelworks, where minds are curious & palates are thirsty .
From the West Coast to the East Coast, London to New Zealand, each participating brewery was invited to produce their own distinct hybrid, but with three binding stipulations: we all had to use the same grain bill; the same maturation period in barrels; and the same co-fermented percentage of wort & wine grapes. The kicker: all grapes had to be grown within 100 miles of each brewery.
The result is an unprecedented exploration into how “terroir”—or sense of place—drives what we taste.
Additional details and the list of breweries for 2019 can be found here: https://www.firestonebeer.com/brewery/terroir-project.php
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