Oenobier: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, & Chardonnay
As we push further in our development of beer/wine hybrids, the Oenobier series focuses on different varieties of wine grapes while drawing inspiration from the body and drinking experience of classic wines and champagnes. This series is informed by our past work with beers like Stroka, Bug Valley, Terroir Project: Rkatsiteli, and Oenobier's first iteration, which was created with our friends from Monkish.
Trillium was born out of the desire to share food, drink, and fleeting moments with close friends and family. Inspired by the large format bottles offered during the 2019 holiday season, our Champagne-inspired addition to the Oenobier family is meant to enjoy during times of celebration. Brewed back in November of 2016, this special beer is over four years in the making. Maturing gracefully in one of our oak foeders for the first half of its journey, it was then transferred into a stainless tank where it enjoyed another two years aging upon three varietals of wine grape juice prior to conditioning on the lees. After extended bottle conditioning in our warm room to achieve Champagne-like carbonation, we're finally ready to share it with you.
Brewed with a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes, three classic varietals used most frequently by France's traditional Champagne houses, this American Wild Ale presents a slightly hazy yellow color with lively carbonation. Bright, vinous aromas delight, offering notes of mineral-driven white wine, muscat grape must, a soft, yet structured oak profile, and a drizzle of clover honey. On the palate, a subtle citrus character compliments our New England native yeast profile in a wonderful way. Tight and balanced, with a well-hidden alcohol presence and gentle tannin profile, Oenobier: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay's scrubbing carbonation keeps this beer elegant and refreshing throughout.