Indigo Imp Brewery in Cleveland has released a special Flanders red ale to help celebrate its fifth anniversary this month. (December) The beer, called Luster, comes in a hand-numbered, 775ml bottle, with the signature Indigo Imp wax covering the crown.
Luster, which is 6.8 percent alcohol by volume, was aged 10 months in oak wine barrels.
“So you’re going to get some fruitiness from the wine in the wood,” owner and brewer Matt Chappel said. “It’s more of a crisp finish. It’s definitely a drier finish than sourness.”
The beer is available at the brewery tasting room, which will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 27). Luster also will soon be released to retailers. It is $13.99 a bottle.
Chappel said it's hard to believe that he and his wife Kathy launched the brewery, which uses open fermentation and specializes in Belgian-style ales, five years ago. "We’re happy to be here, and growing and making new beer," he said.
In other Indigo Imp news, the brewery taproom has added two more beer engines and now offers four cask conditioned ales all the time. That allows Chappel to release more small batch beers.
“We have the most beer engines of anybody in northern Ohio that I can think of,” Chappel said.