IMG_20140327_094057Riserva is an American Wild Ale fermented on red raspberries.  Riserva is fermented with a blend of Saccharomyces yeast, Brettanomyces yeast, and lactic acid bacteria that produce funky, sour, and fruity flavors and aromas.  The beer is aged for more than a year in oak barrels with Raspberries, giving the beer a pungent raspberry aroma, a lovely red color and a balancing wood character.  This brew is a beautiful beer both to your eyes and to your taste buds.  The microflora responsible for giving Riserva its character reside in the wood barrels and change somewhat over time depending upon factors such as the age of the barrel and the ambient temperature at which the barrels are stored.  New barrels are rotated into the mix as old barrels are rotated out and as such, Riserva varies somewhat in color and tartness from year to year.  Riserva is much higher in alcohol than its Belgian lambic framboise cousins and is a true treat to experience.

A very limited quantity of Riserva is distributed to select states.

Each year the microflora produce a slightly different beer so we vintage date them. You may notice that there is no Riserva 2013 out there; That is because we skipped a year since the beer has been taking over a year to create and we were getting out of whack with our label vintages.  You didn’t miss 2013, it’s simply re-numbered!

Here are some of the labels over the years:






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26 Responses to “Riserva”

  1. avatar steven says:

    Is the cost per bottle known yet?

  2. avatar chris says:

    Besides tasting and sampling, Riserva bottles will of course be on sale at the release on Sat., right? Thanks!

  3. avatar Jon says:

    Please tell me that the case price is not going to be over $200…
    Cases will be available on Saturday morning, Right??

    • avatar Bill Bragg says:

      Case price is whatever you want it to be as you are not required to buy any particular amount of any particular beer. Minimum purchase is 1 bottle, not 1 case however you may choose to buy 12 and so that will be over 200 because each bottle of Riserva is 17. You can mix and match any quantity or style of beer.

  4. avatar Kylene says:

    how can i find out where to get this close to me? (lansdale area)

  5. avatar Gary says:

    Looking forward to it, my distributer just got it in for me, a case :)
    Whats the ABV?

  6. avatar Chris says:

    Absolutely fantastic beer! Tried it for the first time after snagging the last bottle over at Freebridge in P’burg… any chance you have any remaining at the brewery visitor center?

    • avatar Natalie says:

      Great! Glad to hear you like it! We don’t have any left at the brewery, but try Bourbon Street in Phillipsburg, Bourbon St in Lebanon, or Abe’s in Bethlehem. Do you live in p-burg or can we point you in another direction? Thanks!

    • avatar Tim says:

      Chris, also try Wegman’s @ Northampton Crossing. Not sure if they got any Riserva in but I have found supposedly hard to find stuff there in the past. Underrated place to buy craft beer. Worth a shot.

  7. avatar Don says:

    Just snagged a bottle last night which is on tonight’s “to-do” list. Can’t wait!

  8. avatar fitz says:

    Wegman’s in Allentown had a couple as of last night. I would call ahead.

  9. avatar Eric says:

    When will you be releasing this beer again? I enjoyed 2013 immensely. So many different things going on in the mouth. :)

  10. avatar rod hamblin says:

    Loved this beer still have one bottle left. I’m hoping that 2014 Riserva is released in Nebraska just like 2013

  11. avatar rod hamblin says:

    my Bad 2012

  12. avatar Pat says:

    Just stumbled upon a dusty 2010 bottle of this at local package store.. looking to diving into this aged gem!

  13. avatar Corrine says:

    Will there be a 2014 Riserva? When will it be released?

    • avatar Bill Bragg says:

      Yes! It was released in March and has sold out at the brewery but is still available on the shelves throughout our distribution area!

  14. avatar matt says:

    Was any reserva sent near new castle pa? I’ve been anxious to try this beer?

    • avatar Bill Bragg says:

      I’m unsure, Matt! Please contact our area rep BobbyC[at]weyerbacherdot]com and he’ll be able to help you!

  15. avatar Doug Atkins says:

    When is the release date? Any chance any of it will make it to the Richmond, VA market?

    • avatar Bill Bragg says:

      Release date is not yet known but it will be made available to VA. Be sure to make your interest known to your favorite retailer! We may see it packaged before year end 2014!

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