Area Two’s Brett Noir Earns 92 Rating From Wine Enthusiast
Ranked among some of the most sought after and respected sours in the United States, Area Two Experimental Brewing’s Brett Noir earns a 92 rating from Wine Enthusiast.

In its “Recommended Sour Beers To Try, 90 Points And Above,” Wine Enthusiast emphatically states, “The key to a well-made wild ale is balance. Forward sour, tart and fruity aromas and flavors produced by wild yeast strains and bacteria should be center stage, but not completely overwhelming. A malty core or rich fruit flavors should lend balance to the bright acidity and funky overtones. A pleasant, subtly tannic texture and dry finish, which also comes from oak aging, helps to round out the experience.”

Enter our Brett Noir, which is fermented with pinot noir grapes and Brett Bruxellensis yeast, and then aged nine months in French Limousin Oak and American White Oak foudres sourced from two venerated Napa Valley vintners. This ale is a complex, dramatic ale with mild, funky fruit and wine flavors that hits at 6.5%.

Area Two, which opened its experimental playground in March, joins an impressive list that includes Beachwood Blendery Funk Yeah, Side Project Brewing’s Blanc de Blacns Blend, Springdale’s Friends in Merlot Places, and Hopewell Brewing Co.’s Electric Jewel.

“From Brewmaster Phil Markowski and the new Two Roads outpost, Area Two, this tasty exercise bridges the wine and beer worlds….It's tangy and refreshing, with a cleansing pucker followed by an evolving finish that offers notes of leather, dried orange blossom and cocoa-dusted cherry skin,” writer Lauren Buzzeo states in her piece.

Brett Noir is available exclusively at Area Two Experimental Brewing in Stratford, CT.