“Sailors Fighting in the Dance Hall” – Fieldwork Brewing

Bear's Brews

Fieldwork Brewing Co. – Berkeley, CA (Monterey location)

Style : Barrel Aged Sour (Oak Barrels – 3 years, 2 months)

Hops : Galaxy

ABV : 9.0%

Sweetness : Low

Most : Low/Med

Bitterness : Low 

A beer that is coconut-forward on nose and finish, this Barrel Aged Sour released from Fieldwork brewing in early August of 2019 is a showstopper. The inspiration for this beer stems from the song “Sailors Fighting in the Dance Hall” by David Bowie, but ask the Fieldwork brewers for more background. 

The tart tangy demeanor of the Galaxy hop is pleasantly balanced with smooth toasted coconut. This craft sour was aged in Oak Barrels for three years, two months, adding more depth to the beer which is clearly present. When aging a sour in oak, brewers typically aim to extract nuttiness, vanilla, caramel, coconut, and wood flavors from the barrel. The toasted coconut was accented by this aging and left me wishing I had purchased a case of these bottles. 

These aged bottle releases are becoming more frequent as Fieldwork Brewing they are about five years old. While these releases are kept fairly secret for their quality control purposes, Fieldwork does inform of new bottles through their social media.