Year of New Beer (rnd 1): Living Proof Elderberry Wild Ale, Country Boy Brewing (Lexington)

Written By: Dion on 02/05/2019

Seven days of the week. Seven colors in the rainbow. Seven continents. The number seven carries a lot of meaning, both spiritual and physical. This week, the number seven stands for years. More specifically, the number of years Country Boy Brewing has been in existence.

The birthday celebration kicks off in the Lexington taproom on Friday with the Elderberry release at 5pm. Building on the Wild Red base, this one opens up with an abundance of tart fruit on the nose, leaning obviously to the darker berries and grape-like note of the zante currant. Red wine vinegar is joined by hints of leather, oak, and light tobacco. Puckering the mouth with fruity acidity, this one is sour for sure! Warmth brings out more subtle layers of flavor. Picked up a little chocolate, which made me think I was crazy, then I realize the description on the back of the bottle verifies it. Traces of tobacco, and a woody note that speaks to the time this beverage has spent slumbering in oak barrels. Excellent brew.