SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) is dipping back into their new Cork & Cage series this week with the release of The Pit & The Pendulum, a Belgian-style ale featuring Brettanomyces and peaches.
The Cork & Cage series from SweetWater Brewing was developed to step things up around the brewery with top shelf brews (think styles like barrel-aged beers, sours and wild ales just to name a few) packaged in gorgeous 750 ml bottles that are finished with a cork and cage. This series officially debuted back in January with SweetWater’s 18th Anniversary Belgian-style Tripel Ale, and now we will get to experience another offering with the release of The Pit & The Pendulum. For this release, SweetWater brewers created “a perfect balance of three distinct divergences: Belgian ale yeast, Brettanomyces (a strain of yeast known to impart complexity, funkiness and dryness) and freshly puréed peaches, making for a tasty trifecta.” You can drink this one immediately to savor the fresh peach notes or cellar it away to enjoy a more funky experience as the Brettanomyces character further develops over time.
“It’s the kind of beer I would drink at home,” said Nick Burgoyne, Lead Brewer. Added fellow Lead Brewer Chris Meadows, “This is the type of stuff we hunt for.” The pair, who have been a part of SweetWater’s brewing team for 10 and 7 years, respectably, were given the opportunity to take their knowledge and experience to formulate new recipes for the Cork & Cage Series. “The new Cork & Cage line gives us a chance to dabble in different facets of craft beer. We are in the Lab, coming up with flavors that are fresh and funky, truly new and different,” explained Meadows. Burgoyne continued, “We’re digging throwing our hat in the ring of making American wild ales. The new line is an offering that further establishes SweetWater as a brewery pushing the envelope for craft beer.”
A very limited amount of 750 ml bottles of The Pit and The Pendulum will start hitting shelves tomorrow (Wednesday, July 22) at select craft beer retailers in Alabama and throughout SweetWater Brewing Company’s distribution area. Fair warning: this beer will go fast. If the idea of this brew strikes your fancy, make sure to be vigilant and act quickly to secure one for yourself. Happy hunting out there. Prost!