27 March 2017
From Green Flash:
Green Flash Brewing Co. announces 2017 plans to continue their popular Barrelmaster’s Reserve series of extremely limited edition, barrel-aged beers from their Cellar 3 facility. Last year, the small-batch series introduced three one-offs, with each release selling out within hours of going on sale. This year, the series will continue to reveal some of the exciting innovation that Pat Korn and the entire brewing team have been developing, including Brilliant Sauvage, the first 600-bottle release which will be sold exclusively in the Cellar 3 tasting room on Saturday, April 8th.
Brilliant Sauvage is a wild ale aged in red wine barrels with passion fruit. Other releases for the year will include a barrel-aged wild ale with added mango, a barrel-aged stout, and a Holiday-inspired ale. Each Barrelmaster’s Reserve beer is truly experimental, with strong emphasis on the importance of collaboration between the talented Green Flash brewing team, who work closely with Pat on both ideation and execution. This series offers consumers an opportunity to sample some of the most elusive one-offs that are coming from this innovative production facility.
“The results of our recent experimentation at Cellar 3 is exceeding expectations,” says Barrelmaster, Pat Korn. “We are inspired by the great Belgian sour producers, reinterpreting classic flavors and adding our own distinctly Californian twist. This year’s series will feature the most innovative efforts to date, and we are excited to be able to bottle and share a little of our pride and joy with the community.”
April release – Brilliant Sauvage
Initially brewed with passion fruit puree and passion fruit tea, this exceptional ale is then skillfully inoculated with the house brett strain and aged for 8 months in a brilliant blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mouvedre barrels from Halter Ranch. Encouraged by the wood and wild yeast, it emerges with an earthy and vivid complexity. A cold brew blend of passion fruit tea is then added, as a finishing touch. An aromatic celebration of passion fruit and verbena, Brilliant Sauvage offers flavors of tart mango and red wine with distinct brett-notes of damp earth and a satisfying barnyard funk. 6.1% ABV
All Barrelmaster’s Reserve series beers are produced in extremely limited quantities, with 600-1800 bottles per release as well as in smallquantities on draft, with an allocation available for special occasions and select retailers nationwide. Cellar 3 also offers a lineup of rare and barrel-aged beers that are nationally available.
About Pat Korn, Barrelmaster
Pat Korn is the Barrelmaster at Green Flash Brewing Co. and oversees Cellar 3 beer production – a series of rare, barrel-aged beer offerings and the brewery’s 2nd San Diego facility. As Barrelmaster, Pat oversees Cellar 3 operations on-site, including choosing the barrels used and creating the recipes for innovative Cellar 3 ales.
Originally from San Francisco, Pat developed a solid foundation as cellarman with a winery in Northern California where he assisted the winemaker in every facet of production and in the vineyards. He moved to San Diego in the early 90s, and transitioned into brewing, working with Karl Strauss and La Jolla Brewhouse. A longtime friend and admirer of Green Flash, Pat joined the brewing team in 2010 while the company was expanding from small brewhouse in Vista to their current headquarters in Mira Mesa. While he has focused on all areas of production at Green Flash, he developed a special interest in the brewery’s burgeoning barrel program almost immediately. Pat officially took on the role of Barrelmaster in 2015, and has been instrumental in getting the Cellar 3 project off the ground. He is committed to taking a craft that is inherently random and working to produce a consistently great product that tastes the same whether you are in the tasting room or across the country.