The O’Fallon Brewery was founded by Fran and Tony Caradonna, in 2000. In January they ordered their brewing equipment and sold their first keg on May 6, 2000. The Caradonnas did all the brewing and selling for the first two years, brewing only one style (O’Fallon Gold), selling only kegs and delivering locally. Over the next several years they continued to grow their brands and distribution area. In May 2011 they sold the brewery to Jim Gorczyca, but Fran continues to play a part of day to day operations as the Brewery’s General Manager. Their Grape Escape is a Berliner Weisse brewed with red wine grapes.
ABV: 4.1% IBU’s: 5
Pour: Light, almost rose gold color.
Head: An off-white two finger head forms with mild carbonation, while the head dissipates quickly.
Nose: Light, notes of wheat mostly. Hints of grapes and tart fruits fill out the back.
Palate: Slightly tart but not aggressive, stays light all the way through. Minor grape notes but wheat is the dominant flavor. No acidity on the finish.
Overall: Much lighter than expected, and not as sour as other Berliner Weisses we’ve had recently. As a fan of sour beers, I love that breweries have been pumping out gose, Berliner weisses and many other types of sour ales. While this may not be beer for someone looking for a lip puckering gose, this would be great intro into the world of sour ales. A nice pairing with grilled peaches, spicy fish fillets or cheesecake.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints