Tapped into Craft Libations and Victuals: Granite Falls Brewing Company
By Timothy G. Beeman II
Granite Falls Brewing Company, located in… you guessed it, Granite Falls, a small town in western NC. It was launched in 2013 and have been making quality brew ever since. Their facility is located in a historic building complex over 110 years old. The owners wanted to have beers that were affordable but also cutting-edge flavors and style changers.
Perhaps one of the coolest aspects of what the brewery does is donate a certain portion of the profits from some of their beers to various causes. The beer I’m talking about this month is called Canis Rouge, which translates to Red Wolf. The beer is part of Granite Falls’ NC Wild Collection and a percentage of the Canis Rogue sales will go to Red Wolf Coalition, a non-profit based out of Columbia, North Carolina. The Red Wolf Coalition advocates for the long-term survival of red wolf populations by teaching about the red wolf and by fostering public involvement in red wolf conservation. There are only about 300 red wolves right now.
The Canis Rouge is a Blood Orange Sahti. Sahti is an old-style brew somewhat like Farmhouse Ale that comes from old Finland. It was filtered through juniper twigs and that flavor passed on to the beer, kind of like an infusion. It’s more in the style of gosé or sour, but not exactly. It’s got sour qualities but it isn’t the same. Head brewer Joseph Ackerman infuses the Granite Falls version with Blood Orange to put their own twist on the beer. Not many places in the USA are making Sahti.
I had this on The Less Desirables and Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking. It had a very interesting flavor that was sour and salty but you can taste “gin-like” remnants of the juniper berries. The blood orange adds a little bitterness, but also a little sweet; definitely refreshing. It’s a taste you may have to get accustomed to, so be warned it’s not traditional. If you like sours and gosés you may like this one. I liked it but can’t a lot at once. It’s 7.6% ABV. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.
Spencer Davis is owner of his family’s company, City Beverage, which has been selling fine beer and wine since 1946. They’re located at 915 Burke Street in Winston-Salem and on the web at www.citybeverage.com. Tim Beeman is co-owner, co-host and producer of The Less Desirables Podcast and The Less Desirables Podcast Network ft. The Less Desirables, Fan Interference, The Beer Dads, The Man Who Ate the Town and Sipping NC: The Art of Drinking podcasts. Find out more on the TLD Network page, www.tldpodnetwork.com.