Paso Robles, Calif.-based Firestone Walker Brewery has partnered with nearby Castoro Cellars to create Rosalie, a “super-drinkable beer that captures the best qualities of a rosé wine,” according to brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “We’re calling it the rosé lover’s beer.”
Six different winegrape varieties were pressed for cofermentation before Brynildson began experimenting with brewing techniques to develop the balance of flavors, acidity, dryness, and shelf-stability he wanted. Rosalie will be available to all Firestone Walker markets in early spring, with draft to follow in April.
It’s a move that takes the brewery back to its roots; it was founded in 1996 on vineyard property owned by the Firestone family, and its first beers were fermented in barrels that came from the family’s winery.