(Portland, ME) – Allagash Brewing just issued an update on Mattina Rossa.
From today’s newsletter:
Dear Allagash Beer Lover,
Good things come to those who wait, right? Well, it seems that due to circumstances beyond our control, the wait for Mattina Rossa will be a bit longer.
Mattina Rossa, like all of our beers, is bottled conditioned. This is the process of adding a dose of fresh yeast and a measured amount of sugar, just prior to bottling, to cause a slight fermentation to take place in the bottle in order to carbonate the beer. We feel that bottle conditioning not only extends the life of the beer, but adds a complexity to both flavor and overall character of the beer.
As is the case with many of our experimental beers, things don’t always go as expected. In this case, the yeast and sugar have decided to do things in their own sweet time. The beer has begun to carbonate, but at this point, would perceive fairly flat. Our intention for this beer is to have lots of tiny bubbles to expose the complex flavors and aroma throughout.
How much longer? We are not completely sure, but we will let you know as soon as it achieves our desired level of quality. Thank you for your patience.
Your friends at Allagash.