Rhine Cabal

A Sour Ale brewed with NY State Riesling Grape Juice, the second beer released from our Cellar Vault Series.

Rhine Cabal, named for the home region of the Riesling Grape and the team that created it, is the second offering in our new Cellar Vault Series, which features unique & experimental draught-only brews that will pique your senses.
This mouth-puckeringly Sour Ale is brewed with local, Western NY Riesling Grape Juice, which adds sweet grape flavors and a crisp finish to this tart brew. It drinks like a beer-wine hybrid as its malty backbone provides a fine, lacey head while the grape addition provides a crisp, fruity finish and a bump in ABV. Pale straw in color, Rhine Cabal hits your nose with funky grassy notes. Sour and sweet combine with just the right amount of tanginess from the long Lactobacillus souring. Mild, lingering fruitiness and slightly-warming alcohol leave you wanting more.
In our quest to brew only the best, we sourced Riesling Grape Juice from Ventosa Vineyards Estate Winery in Geneva, NY. Ventosa, and its wine maker Jenna LaVita are producing top-class wines, right here New York State, so naturally we went to the source for the Riesling Juice in our Rhine Cabal.

The Cellar Vault Series is VERY RARE. We’ll only be making 30bbls of each on our pilot system & they’ll only be available on draught. The Cellar Vault Series concept was born out of a challenge from Southern Tier founder, Phin DeMink. Brewing, Cellar and Quality teams submitted recipe ideas for limited-edition, well aging beers they wanted to brew. In addition to Phin, the Cellar Vault’s first team includes Quality Manager Matt Dunn, Quality Lead Karen Stangl, VP of Operations Sean Lavery, Lead Creative Brewer Jason Hitchcock & Brewer Geoff Burgess.

BEST SERVED IN: An oversized white wine or tulip glass

FOOD PAIRINGS: Particularly tasty when paired with highly spiced and aromatic herbs on roast pork or duck, delicately flavored soft cow’s milk cheese and dried fruit

AVAILABILITY: VERY LIMITED RELEASE to select markets/ draught-only / 1/6 keg




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