Popular Arizona brewery, wintery team up to create new flavor

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- It's beer. It's wine. It's fantastic!

The idea of blending craft beer with wine is something that Anthony Canecchia, SanTan founder and brewmaster has wanted to create for years. So, last September, Canecchia collaborated with Dos Cabezas head vintner, Todd Bostock to develop a fresh beer flavor based on a traditional saison, called Saison Di Aleatico.

Oak Aged Saison Di Aleatico-barrel aged for 11 months, Saison Di Aleatico is made by blending Dos Cabezas Aleatico wine grapes and SanTan's French Saison beer. Saison Di Aleatico is described as fruity and dry - retaining a smooth saison clove nose and light bitterness. It is highly carbonated using SanTan Brewing's signature Southwestern Style to create a sparkling wine quality and crispness.

Cab Franc Barrel Aged Saison - barrel aged for 10 months in French Oak barrels that contained Cabernet Franc pommace resulting in a slight sourness that compliments both the beer and wine characteristics, creating something truly special and exciting.

3TV's Heidi Goitia got the lowdown.

Both of these delicious aged beers are set to be tapped on July 19, 2014 at the Arizona Craft Brewer's Guild event, Real, Wild & Woody.