Fair Isle / Bottleworks Orrorin Wine Barrel-Aged Syrah + Douglas Fir Tip Saison 2021 750ml


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A Piquette inspired ale with second-use Syrah grapes and foraged fir tips. 

It’s an exciting day, because we finally get to announce our collaboration brew with two wonderful Seattle bottleshops: Bottleworks and Full Throttle Bottles! A project months in the making, we’re thrilled with the outcome and can’t wait for you to taste what we all came up with.

Back in February, we had the fine folks from both establishments come to pull nails and taste through some barrels. After some deliberation, we decided on a blend of an oak-aged beer with second-use Syrah grapes sourced from the renowned Red Mountain AVA which brought a punchy fruit character into the mix.

Months later, we headed out to Fall City to forage for fresh new-growth Doug Fir tips. The distinctive lemon balm flavor of this choice Northwest ingredient adds a brightness to the beer, while providing earthy and herbaceous undertones. Expect pronounced strawberry and citrus aromas, a hit of pine, balanced acidity, and a signature Fair Isle dry finish.

Orrorin is the first iteration in a collaboration series we are forging with these two bastions of the Seattle beer scene. Each year we will embark on a new project, and much like its name suggests, Orrorin is the genesis of this evolving collection.

Not only are we pleased to collaborate with the folks at Bottleworks and Full Throttle, but we’re also grateful for their support through a tumultuous first few seasons at a brewery. It would have been a tough road without you sharing our saisons with your customers!

-Fair Isle