Saucy Brew Works has collaborated with Napa Valley winery Fait-Main to produce b3, the Cleveland brewery's French-style biére de garde aged in wine barrels.
The limited-edition b3 will make its debut Jan. 25-26 at the Cleveland Winter Beerfest and then be available on draft and in 750-milliliter bottles at the brewery on Jan. 26. (Editor's note: A previous version of this story misstated the size of the bottles.)
Fait-Main founder Benoit Touquette provided 15 barrels for the collaboration.
b3, which is 9 percent alcohol by volume, is the first farmhouse ale to come out of the brewery.
Brewmaster Eric Anderson wrote this description for the beer: "A delicate combination of European base and soft crystal malts round out the malt backbone that holds up spicy and floral Saaz hops. Fermented as it would be in the French country side with native yeast from the region at warm ale temps. The result is a beautiful harmony of biscuity malts, fresh herbal hops, and classic Belgian/French yeast notes. For further complexity we aged the bière de garde in second use wine barrels, both white and red for no less than three months. The blend of barrels created tannins, oak, ripe dark fruit as well as floral notes, white fruit and agrumes."
Meanwhile, Saucy also is getting ready to release a new beer called "What's His Nuts?." It's a vanilla stout with peanut butter and coffee. The beer — a tribute to Willoughby Nutsmasher, Anderson said — will be available on draft. It eventually will be released in cans and some also is aging in Cleveland Whiskey bourbon barrels, he said.