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Brewery rolls out line of beers

May 18, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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The branding for Brewery Vivant's Plein de Vie, or "full of life," series prominently features a rooster, which is the primary element of the Grand Rapids brewery's logo. Courtesy Brewery Vivant

A local brewery is launching a new line of beers.

Grand Rapids-based Brewery Vivant said this week that it will debut three varieties of wood- and wild-fermented beers to launch its Plein de Vie, or “full of life,” series on June 5.

The beers will be available on draft and in 500-ml bottles across the brewery’s distribution footprint in Michigan and Chicago.

The beers

The three beers set to be released will be Habanango, Harvest Breed and Angelina.

Habanango is a foeder-fermented beer and barrel-aged blended sour ale, with habanero peppers and mango.

Harvest Breed is a sour ale that was fermented in a stainless-steel fermenter with brettanomyces.

Angelina is a wood-aged sour ale and was the brewery’s first barrel.

“When we first started, we named our barrels in the hurricane naming convention: Angelina, Bertha, Constance, etc.,” said Jason Spaulding, co-owner, Brewery Vivant.

“Angelina was our first barrel. It produced a distinct and pleasant sour character that we’ve since inoculated into other wooden barrels. That first batch developed a cult-like following, and so far, the barrel keeps producing. It’s become our house sour.”

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