Beerfarm Berlinion Blanc


Published May 9, 2019

Beerfarm's original Shirazzaweiss, released initially in February 2018, has been touted by some as one of the brewery's most compelling releases. The collaboration with lo-fi Margaret River winemaker LS Merchants makes a long-awaited return for 2019, and brings with it a sister beer in the shape of a sauvignon blanc-Berliner Weisse hybrid, wittily named Berlinion Blanc.

It was brewed to celebrate the passing wine vintage and, perhaps more importantly, to celebrate two like-minded producers coming together to create a unique product that encapsulates what is great about the Margaret River region. Although the concept is much the same as the original, this expression is a bold rendition of a Berliner Weisse base that has been stacked with hand-picked, minimal-intervention sauvignon blanc grape juice from within the region to create a thirst-inducing, enamel-stripping white sour ale.

Brimming with acid and funk, Berlinion Blanc shows subtle but juicy bunch-pressed sav blanc character up front. High acid makes the first sip something of an assault but, after some adjustment, vibrant lime and passionfruit persist on the palate. A stylistically low 10 IBU lets the light malt body hold its own against the punchy fruit bowl flavours within.

The crew at The Beerfarm reckon a blend of the two yields great results, but as a standalone sour ale the Berlinion Blanc, like the Shirazzaweiss, comfortably holds its own and is a really grape beer! [Don't push it, Outred! – Editor]

Jono Outred

Berliner Weisse
10 IBU

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