Schlafly first brewed the beer for its 21st anniversary in 2012. The team’s single sourced barrels are from Ardbeg Distillery in Scotland, well-known for their high quality, 10-year old Scotch whisky. Upon arrival, the golden ale was put in the barrels almost immediately to capture as many peaty, smoky nuances as possible. While the batches slumbered for four months in the barrels, the team brewed two more batches of the beer to blend with its barrel-aged counterpart.
XII West Brewing Co. (Gilbert, AZ) is one of the up-and-coming breweries from the state of Arizona. This is their first ever bottle release. Peach Among Worlds is a tart wild ale fermented with naturally occurring yeast found on the peaches used in this beer. The peaches for this beer were locally sourced as well.
Fan favorite, Long Dark Voyage to Uranus (LDV) is an imperial stout boasting an impressively smooth 9.5%. It's tongue crushingly bitter and dry as a bone.
River North is set to unveil their Vicennial Series. It is a boundary pushing project that includes three whiskey barrel-aged beers intended to age up to twenty years – a vicennium. Vicennial I: God Complex, an infallible abbey-style quadrupel fit for the daftest of monks, finishing at 17.6% ABV. Vicennial II: Shadowman, a smoothly sinister block-out-the-sun-style stout at 15.7% ABV. Vicennial III: Father Time, a dapper old ale coming in at 16.0% ABV.
Here's a sampling of the best beers being released in the coming week around the nation.
All thanks to our releases team: Kyle Andrus (Canada), Nate Howard (California & Mountains), Jason Langendorf, (Pacific Coast), John Barree (Mid-Atlantic), Kent Dolphay (Upper Mid-West), Jake Lampert (Lower Mid-West), Ken Goyette (North East Coast), Tucker Anders (Upper South), Travis Campo (Deep South).
Stillwell Four is a 6.2% tart, dry & funky farmhouse ale matured for months in a Sauvignon Blanc barrel and then refermented in the bottle for months longer. Semi-subtle wine character; super crushable. 500ml. Sunday the 19th, noon-4pm, we'll be doing a retail bottle release at the brewery.
Brewed with fresh cranberries and aged in port barrels for a full year, this Belgian-style ale is sharply flavored – tart and spicy, with a hint of oakiness. But it maintains a light, drinkable (5.0% ABV) vibe and finishes tangy.
A double barrel-aged sour red ale created by Indeed with Gamling & McDuck’s Cab Franc barrels, and grapes originally sourced from Pickberry Vineyards on Sonoma Mountain. The ale has a blood red ruby color and floral notes of berries and cherry.
Three Creeks honors its late friend and brewery partner Jerry Bogart with this IPA, a hoppy extrovert of a beer. Nugget, El Dorado, Citra, Mosaic, Eureka!, Melba and Experimental 06297 hop varieties all feature here, as well as white wheat, flaked barley, Vienna and honey malts. Bitter and bouncy (7.4% ABV).
Dark and stout, like the Pacific Northwest peaks that inspired this beer, Snow Cap is robustly flavored with pale, caramel and chocolate malts. Kettle-hopped with Nugget, Willamette and East Kent Goldings varieties, this winter comes with a bit of bite (7.0% ABV).