Long Shot: Wild Child by Sam Adams out of Horseheads (Beer Review) – NewYorkUpstate.com

Horseheads is a small town near Elmira that boasts three commercial craft breweries: Horseheads Brewing, Birdland Brewing and Upstate Brewing.

Duane Wilson of Horseheads, NY (center), at the Great American Beer Fest in Denver with Jim Koch (right), founder of Samuel Adams brewery and Graham Johnson of Marblehead, Mass. Wilson and Johnson are two of the three homebrewers who won the 2016 Sam Adam LongShot contest. and had their beers brewed at the Boston Beer Co. Jack Dempsey 

Duane Wilson is a resident of Horseheads who doesn’t work at any of them. He’s an amateur, a homebrewer, and yet a beer he came up with is now landing in more stores nationwide than they probably dream about.

Wilson is one of the winners of the 2016-2017 LongShot beer contest from Sam Adams. Wilson and two others were selected to have their homebrew recipes made into commercial beer, which were released in variety six-packs (2 of each beer) this month. The other two are  a Belgian-style saison called Barnstorm from an Ohio homebrewer and a coffee imperial stout called Coffeehead from a Sam Adams employee who is not a brewer.

Wilson’s is beer is Wild Child, an American “wild ale” with added apricot juice. It uses both standard and “wild” brewing yeasts, to give a tart and sour flavor.

Since Wilson made his first “professional” beer, we’ll try to give it an official, pro-style review.

Variety sixpacks of the 2017 LongShot beer from Sam Adams are now on sale. One of the beers in the pack, Wild Child, was created by amateur brewer Duane Wilson, of Horseheads, N.Y., near Elmira.Sam Adams / Boston Beer Co. 

Tasting Notes

Brewery: The beer is made by the Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams, from a recipe by Duane Wilson of Horseheads, N.Y.

Beer: Wild Child

Style: An American wild

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