The 5.8% ABV ale will a limited-edition offering, only available during summer months (or until they run out; they’re planning to brew at least 500 barrels). It uses French Strisselspalt and German Hallertau Blanc hops, pilsner malt, Carapils malt, Malted Wheat Flaked Rye.
Recommended pairings include mussels, salmon, oysters, charcuterie, clam chowder, vinegrette dressings, Munster cheese, and flamkuche.
The inspiration for Freckled Rooster comes from the Alsatian region of France and features “elements of a saison ale (from the French yeast strain), the chill haze of a wit beer, the mouth feel and effervesces of sauvignon blanc wine, and the sessionability that will be a perfect fit for those relaxing days on the patio,” says Todd Teigan, director of sales at FINNEGANS.
Release party details are still in the works, but keep an eye out for the Rooster the end of this month and early May. It will be available on taps in the Twin Cities and potentially across the five-state area and in Finnegans summer sample packs, which will also include the flagship Finnegans Irish Amber and Hoppy Shepherd.