Applewood Ale by Still River Winery
Still River Winery makes a beer???
We have always prided ourselves on making Apfel Eis, apple ice wine – our one and only one wine – perfected. So why are we making a beer?
Wade Holtzman, owner and winemaker, has been brewing beer for friends and family long before he started making Apfel Eis. He tried many recipes using various malted barley and wheat grains, as well as experimenting with assorted types of yeast.
Last fall he was finally satisfied with Recipe #26 – an ale with a notably smoky flavor, distinct hop bitterness, and a delicate sweetness delivered from the apple taste in the background. We named it Applewood Ale because Wade uses malted barley smoked with our apple wood, the apple water remaining after the freezing and thawing we use to make our ice wine, as well as cascade hops we grow in our hop yard.
The delicious result is farm-style Rauchbier ale and 6% abv. This beer is absolutely fantastic served with ribs, barbecued chicken, smoked salmon, Roquefort or blue cheese.
Special orders for Applewood Ale are accommodated year round. If you’d like to place an order, give us a call. And if you’re just curious what Applewood Ale tastes like, stop by the winery (call first to make sure we’re around: 978-415-9463) and we will be happy to pour you a glass!