Alpha State, a Berliner Weisse aged on 6,600lbs. of Michigan cherries, was released in bottles in August 2019. The base of this ale started out as an homage to the beer that inspired us to start the Noble Star Collection. Alpha State takes that beer one step further with the addition of 6,600 pounds of Montmorency cherries, aged for an additional five months after spending nearly a year in one of our original, 80 year-old cypress wood foudres. Dusty crimson red in color, a tart cherry aroma emanates from the glass atop an underlying spice. A moderate acidity showcases the cherry tang and almond flavors that mingle together, balancing over a toasty malt backbone, and finishing with a lingering sour, yet sweet, cherry zest.