Valley Of The Heart’s Delight
7% ABV | 375ml bottles & limited draft
Available February 2014
This sour ale is inspired by the agricultural history of the Santa Clara Valley. Long before it became Silicon Valley, it was known as the Valley of The Heart’s Delight, a fertile basin overflowing with fruit orchards. Brewed with foraged apricots, loquats and cherries handpicked by the Garden To Table non-profit, this collaborative beer celebrates and supports their mission to promote urban farming in San Jose.
Farm to Barrel
Our Farm to Barrel beers focus on the eons-old tradition of aging beers in oak barrels. This American wild ale was aged in used wine casks with our house “Dogpatch” sour culture, a cocktail of wild Belgian and American yeasts, including San Francisco sourdough starter. The yeasts slowly morph the beer from a traditional ale into something wild, creating a mild acidic bite as well as pulling oak and vanilla flavors from the barrel. After maturing, the barrels are blended together—creating a vinous, delicate beer that captures the essence of a particular harvest. Farm to Barrel Beers are alive in the bottle, and will continue to mature gracefully for several years.
Garden to Table’s mission is to create a sustainable local food system and build community by improving access to healthy food and teaching people how to cultivate their own fruits and vegetables. We have traditionally done this by harvesting neglected fruit trees and donating the proceeds to charity, building neighborhood gardens for low-income families, and providing dozens of workshops on gardening and nutrition in Central San Jose. But starting in the Fall of 2013, Garden to Table is building a one-acre urban farm, with the main goal being to create maximum revenue to sustain the organization. We will then surround the farm with neighborhood gardens and fruit harvesting events, and hold regular workshops to educate interested residents on the way to creating a replicable model for sustainable local food systems.
You can also check out garden2table.org.