The Mattole River isn’t the biggest or most well-known waterway in California, but it’s an important one. The stream that flows through Humboldt County to the Pacific Ocean supplies much of the irrigation to the area’s redwoods, farms, even the occasional grape or two. The latter being the inspiration behind our new Tripel, aptly named “Mattole River.”
Sure, Humboldt county is more than 600 miles away, but for us, it’s closer than it appears. That’s because our brewer, Alex Kennedy spent much of his childhood near the river on his aunt and uncle’s chardonnay-vine filled vineyard. In fact, the wine they make was part of the inspiration for Alex to get into brewing. Last August, a few members of the ACB team road-tripped up to Oregon to see the Great American Eclipse. On the way back, Alex made a pit stop at the old vineyard with our Operations Manager, Renée Rubin (who he just so happens to be dating, by the way).
Take a look through the photos below to learn a little about the grapes’ origin and their journey from vine to brewhouse!