Firestone Walker was born in the vineyards of Santa Ynez Valley in 1996 and Barrelworks carries on the tradition of working with and learning from our cousins in the wine sector. For this collaboration, we tapped into Sherman Thacher of Thacher Winery, capitalizing on his love for and experience in the beer and wine industry. Dark secret: Sherman was a brewer before a winemaker. For ZinSkin, we used his 2015 freshly pressed zinfandel grape skins and fermented them with one of our wild beer creations in 100% American oak barrels. The result is delicious: toasty oak, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon and leather tussle with field herbs of sage, lavender and mint. Vinous notes as well as cherry, brambles and watermelon flavors are supported by an earthy, funky, yeasty nose. Velvety tannins accompany a wonderful acidity and carbonation. A santé!
Barrel // Ratio // Maturation time
American Oak // 100% // 10-16 months