FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 26, 2019
Director of Marketing
345 Route 101
Amherst, NH 03031
Amherst, New Hampshire— Amy LaBelle, co-owner and winemaker at LaBelle Winery, has partnered with Tim Clapper, head brewer at 603 Brewery in Londonderry, New Hampshire, to create 603 Sangria Sour Ale, a type of sour beer known as a kettle sour. Kettle sour beers are fermented at a lower pH than most other beer types, giving them a distinct sour flavor.
The idea for 603 Sangria Sour Ale came about last fall when Clapper and LaBelle were looking for ways to create products that would bridge the gap between beer and wine.
“I was thinking of using something with juice to complement a dry IPA when Amy [LaBelle] mentioned she had these grape skins,” Clapper says. “Never having used those in the brewing process I wanted to use them and give myself a bit of a challenge.”
LaBelle and her husband Cesar Arboleda, who is the winery’s cellar master and co-owner, provided to Clapper the grape skins from the winery’s fermentation of petit verdot and worked with him to create the new beer. 603 Sangria Sour Ale was officially launched in late January at a craft wine and beer dinner held at LaBelle Winery’s Amherst location and co-hosted by LaBelle and Clapper.
“Sangria Sour is a beer unlike anything else I’ve tasted. It has a depth of flavor that is delicious and is a true hybrid of wine and beer. I love it,” LaBelle says.
Originally from western New York State, Clapper has been brewing beer professionally for more than 8 years.
“Sangria Sour is a brewery and winery experience in one complete beverage. I am very happy with how the beer turned out and looking forward to experimenting with different beer and wine collaborations in the future,” Clapper says.
603 Sangria Sour Ale, which has a distinctive red color and a slightly fruity sour flavor, is currently available in 603 Brewery’s tap room.
LaBelle and Clapper are now working on another partnership product, a dry-hopped riesling that will be produced at the winery. Clapper has also expressed interest in working with LaBelle with brewing a white 603 Sangria Sour Ale this summer.
“I’m thrilled that two New Hampshire artisans are working together to create fabulous new products,” LaBelle says.
LaBelle Winery’s original location and vineyard are located at 345 Route 101 in Amherst, New Hampshire.
The Bistro at LaBelle Winery, also in Amherst, serves lunch and dinner as well as brunch on Sundays. The restaurant is family-friendly and offers a special menu for children.
LaBelle Winery Portsmouth is located at 104 Congress St. Wine tastings are available daily during business hours. The store’s phone number is (603) 319-8035.
Check LaBelle Winery’s website for hours, which vary by location: LaBelleWineryNH.com.