Strange Roots exists at the intersection of farmhouse brewing tradition and creative, locally-driven experimentation. We’re passionate about celebrating our environment through the use of local ingredients, varying fermentation methods and micro flora, and strive to create unique artisan ales inspired by our surroundings here in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.
Bottle Release – Peaches n’ Dream – 11/9/18
Peaches N’ Dream (7.0%abv)
The second beer from of our Farm to Fermentation Series will be released this Friday! Our Farm to Fermentation series is designed to focus on local ingredients that are sourced from the farms right here in Western Pennsylvania. Peaches n’ Dream is fermented with peaches grown by our good friends at Soergel Orchards.
Many of you might have tried last years version of Peaches ‘n Dream. But don’t expect the same beer this time around! The 2018 vintage is fairly different than 2017 for a number of reasons. First, when using fresh fruit from a local farm, there is always going to be different strains of airborne yeast found on the fruit that will alter the flavors – which we totally welcome. We also decided to increase the amount of peaches used this year, thus increasing the ABV. Finally, we wanted to soften the sourness by reducing the overall acidity of the beer and allowing more of the peach to shine through.
Tasting Notes: With a pillow creamy head, reducing to a fine spritzy lacing, the 2018 vintage explodes with aromas of ripe peach flesh, hay and a light musty tangerine. The initial flavors are of sweet creamy peach and white truffle, immediately transitioning into a light tartness with mineral tones and a very faint funk. It’s very well attenuated so it finishes dry, chalky and clean, but with a complex wild yeast character.
Bottles of Peaches n’ Dream will be available at both of our locations on Friday at 5pm. Peaches n’ Dream is packaged in a 500ml bottle and is priced at $7.75 per bottle. We really hope you enjoy the second release from our Farm to Fermentation Series.
Frequently Asked Questions
Wild beer is a type of beer that is typically fermented with yeast, wild yeast (brettanomyces) and bacteria. The bacteria, often found in other foods like cheese, bread, and yogurt, produces acids that give the beer a tart and refreshing flavor profile. Most of our sour beers are aged in oak barrels for an average time of 9-12 months.
A coolship (koelschip) is a low lying, open, flat vessel in which beer naturally cools overnight (24-48 hours). During cooling, resident microorganisms (part of our terroir) inoculate the beer to initiate the fermentation. So, when we use our coolship, we don’t add yeast…it all comes from nature.
Terroir is a term typically used in the wine industry to explain the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate. The specific conditions create characteristic tastes and flavors imparted by the environment in which it is produced. In the sour beer community, terroir is very important because the process is very much like wine making.
No, but most of them are. We believe that barrel aging is necessary for some beers, but other benefit from extended bottle maturation instead. Any beer aged in barrels is clearly identified on the label and explained in the description. Our barrel aged beers typically age approximately between 9-12 months. That being said, we do have a various barrels beyond 12 months but we don’t begin to taste them until 18 months. We have barrels aging from 18 months up to 4 years.
No. We prefer not to use this method and rely on a more natural approach.
We love supporting and participating in local events, however like we mentioned before, we’re a small brewery and our ability to donate beer is very limited. Additionally, PA laws are strict on donation of alcoholic beverages. If you have an event that you think would be a particularly good fit, feel free to reach out to Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re a small local brewery and the Pittsburgh market is our priority. When we’re able, we distribute our products in limited quantities throughout the US through Shelton Brothers Importers and in Philadephia through Shangy’s Beer Distributor.
Not at this time, sorry!
A small percentage of our beer is available in bars, restaurants, and retailers in the Pittsburgh area. If you are a local establishment interested in carrying Strange Roots beer or a customer looking for a place to buy it, please contact Dennis Hock at email@example.com.
Yes! Well behaved dogs are welcome to come and hang out in our outdoor beer garden area (but not inside).
Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Tees, glassware, empty growlers and stickers are available for purchase at both of our locations.
Yes. We will fill 64oz and 32oz growlers of select beers. We also sell empty 64oz growlers for $5.
Yes! Our beer is brewed at our production facility located in Gibsonia, PA.
We do not host private events during our normal business hours. If you are interested in having a private event at either our Gibsonia brewery or Millvale taproom during days that we are normally closed, please contact Jaclyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Same as our regular hours, weather permitting!
Yes! Our Millvale taproom has a full kitchen that specializes in smoked meat sandwiches and tacos. We also have several vegetarian friendly items on our menu.
Our Gibsonia location features a rotating line-up of food trucks.
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