Applefest Ale 6.25% ABV
Inspired by Bayfield’s renowned Apple Festival, which is celebrated with extraordinary fanfare. South Shore Brewery adds to the fanfare with the Applefest Ale, which honors those diligent folks that call our Bayfield peninsula their home, especially those who have chosen an agricultural way of life. Combining the flavors and aromas of locally produced honey, apple cider, and specialty malts, we have produced one of the most unique products, to be sure. Because of the generous amounts of honey, the special maturation process with the apple cider, and the unique flavors of malt, this brew is indefinable in conventional beer terms. It has characteristics of beer, mead, and champagne. Our brewer encourages you to cellar a bottle or two for special occasions.
Vieille Pomme Ale 8.2% ABV
Brewed last September in the form of our Applefest Ale, this ale has transformed into something quite spectacular. Vieille Pomme (Old Apple) starts off just like any other batch of Applefest ale, with loads of local honey and fresh apple cider. After primary fermentation, the real fun began. We back sweetened this batch with more local honey then split it into two. Half of it making its way into Heaven Hills Bourbon Barrels with a strain of Brettanomyces, and the other half remaining in a secondary fermenter with an English cider strain. After aging for about 8 months we blended the two back together. The resulting ale has big notes of tart apple, cherry, and some barnyard funk on the nose. The light body of this ale gives way to wonderful hints of apple, light cherry, a spiciness, and a very small hint of oakiness followed by the warming sensation of bourbon. This ale finishes very dry and slightly tart. Very limited amount of this beer will be available, so grab some while you can, you won’t want to miss out!