So we start with a wheat beer base. We’re using muscat of Alexandria, an ancient grape belonging to a family of “aromatic” grapes that the Greeks brought to Egypt. These were known to grow in misson gardens, and are still used in Southern Europe for sweet or dessert wines. They have a perfumy, aromatic quality that punches through the wheat and malt flavors.
Beyond that, we’re making this beer a showcase of all the other things the missions cultivated: figs, oranges, dates, almonds, apples, pears, stonefruit and probably more. This year’s beer will feature a lovely topnote of “Aldrich” almonds from a small California grower. This is a bold variety, with subtle hints of European amaretto character.