7% ABV, 375-ml or 6L if you're lucky
Russian River Brewing's founder/brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo doesn’t call this a kriek, but he doesn’t back away from the comparison saying, “The cherry character is certainly at the forefront.” The brewery is in the middle of grape country, not cherries, so Cilurzo uses dried cherries from Michigan. That’s also the key to having Supplication available year-round, if not always in 375-ml bottles then at least on draft at the pub (or the six-liter bottles he and his wife Nathalie poured at the Firestone Walker Invitational recently). The brown, wild ale base is soured with the holy trinity of critters: Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococccus. After receiving the sour cherries, the whole shebang ages in local Pinot Noir barrels for a year so the oak balances out the sour and the funk. More in line with a vinegary Flanders Brown than a Kriek lambic, Cilurzo says, “I thought it up and created the recipe. For the most part we’ve made no changes to the recipe from that first try. We hit exactly what I wanted to see in the first beer. It was probably the first time I envisioned a beer before making it and nailed it on the first try.