Barrel-aged beers are some of the most sought after styles in the the beer industry. Unless you are a brewer, or an enthusiastic brewery loyalist that has been at a brewery on blending day, you’ve probably never gotten to blend your own barrel-aged beer. Alesmith Brewing is about to change that.
This June, the Miramar, California based brewery is debuting Anvil & Stave: A Barrel-Aged Beer Experience inside the the existing tap room. The Experience will allow patrons to blend their own barrel-aged beers.
The barrel-aged “threads” will come from the brewery’s stock of over 500 barrels, ranging from bourbon, cognac, tequila, and more. Guests can enter the intimate enclosure and instead of trying final blended projects, actually get in on the action.
The service method is still being finalized, but the idea breaks down a bit like this – check the menu of barreled beers, and request your blend, such as 50% Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy, 25% Barrel-Aged Olde Ale and 25% Barrel-Aged Nut Brown. In the future, Alesmith hopes to serve a few equal amounts of beer, with a beaker and an empty snifter, and allowing the drinker to go to town. (Don’t wear white that day.)
“Whether visitors to Anvil & Stave are blending multiple vintages of the same type of beer, the fresh and aged versions of a single ale, or two different kinds of beers altogether, they will be able to gain a deeper appreciation of all that goes into creating exceptional offerings, while gaining an appreciation for all that beer can be,” – AleSmith owner, CEO and brewmaster Peter Zien.
Anvil & Stave: A Barrel-Aged Beer Experience debuts on June 25, 2016.
Images via Alesmith
San Diego, California based Alesmith Brewing Company is expanding their distribution reach in Texas. The brewery added distribution to the state last year.
Andrews Distributing will be shipping the Alesmith lineup to south Texas effective immediately. Corpus Christi will be one locations.
“The craft-beer scene, and demand for the variety of West Coast and European-style beers presented by our portfolio, is quickly growing all throughout Texas,” says AleSmith Director of National Sales James Valles. “It has long been our dream to get our beers into the hands of fans of quality ales and lagers across the country, starting with areas where the excitement is highest. Since expanding our production capabilities in 2015 with construction of a large, state-of-the-art brewery that far surpasses the capabilities and capacity of our original facility, we are in a prime position to realize that aspiration, and Texas was at the top of our list when it came time to increase distribution beyond our home region.”
AleSmith IPA, AleSmith Nut Brown English-style Ale and AleSmith Lil’ Devil Belgian-style Pale Ale will be among the first beers hitting shelves. Shortly after, expect AleSmith Double IPA, the 2016 Vintage Series and variations of the AleSmith Speedway Stout.
Mikkeller, a gypsy brewery (meaning no brick & mortar home) and one of the world’s most popular brewers, will soon have a place to call home. You might recall a Beer Street Journal story back in February about this partnership; now we have more information.
Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, the founder of Danish brewery Mikkeller, has entered into an agreement with Peter Zien of San Diego, California based Alesmith Brewing Company. The duo have created a company you’ll know as Mikkeller Brewing San Diego. Both individuals have a stake in the partnership.
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego wil be housed at AleSmith’s original headquarters, on Cabot Drive in San Diego’s Miramar community. This location will produce new and current popular offerings for not only the United States, but the world.
“People have always asked me when I’m going to open my own brewery, and my answer has always been ‘never.’ It’s the easiest answer, but it’s been on my mind for several years,” says Bjergsø. “I like being a ‘gypsy brewer,’ but know that having a stake in a U.S. brewery will change our position here. Brewing in one of the best breweries in the world really makes sense. If they can brew beers like they do at AleSmith, it really can’t go wrong.”
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego will use AleSmith’s 30 Barrel system, which was producing around 15,000 barrels annually before AleSmith expanded. Some of AleSmith’s original employees will transition over to this facility.
What and when to expect…
Mikkeller Brewing San Diego will be a playground for brewer collaborations. If you are familiar with Mikkeller’s body of brewing work, collaborations top Bjergso’s priorities. A 750 square-foot tasting room resembling Miklkeller’s global beer bars will be open in early 2016.
Your chance for Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout bottles might have come and gone today, but there will draft at select bars and restaurants later in November.
Today (November 9th), tickets went on sale (and sold out) for Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout bottles. The coffee-infused imperial stout features toasted coconut flakes, vanilla beans, and rare Ka’u coffee beans from Hawaii’s big island. A rare treat indeed.
Tickets came and went on Brown Paper Tickets today. Your next shot at this beer will be a bar or restaurant that sells Alesmith. Happy Hunting.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee, Toasted Coconut, Vanilla Beans)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Distribution (Draft): AZ, CA, CO, CT, IL, MA, MN, NC, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA, WI
Release: November, 2015
Above, Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout is pictured next to Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout, that was on sale as well.
AleSmith IPA is now available in six packs.
The addition of the of a new 80-barrel Steinecker (the folks that built it) brewhouse and extra cellar capacity allowed the brewery the opportunity to expand the six pack offerings.
It’s Pretty Awesome. A San Diego classic, AleSmith IPA showcases the versatility of American hops. Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine lead into an abundance of fresh pine and tropical fruit notes followed by a crisp, resinous bitterness. The complex hop profile is supported by a firm malt presence to create an incredibly flavorful and well-balanced IPA.
AleSmith IPA is a year-round offering. Expect bottles on shelves in all the brewery’s markets in October, 2015.
AleSmith Lil Devil has also been bottled for the first time.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round offering.
Release: October, 2015
AleSmith Double Red will be on shelves soon, you know it as Winter Yulesmith.
This year, the brewery has renamed the the fall/winter offering to AleSmith Double Red, more descriptive of the beer.
This Imperial Red Ale has an intense hop aroma with well-balanced caramel malt sweetness. The intense American hoppiness builds on the substantial malt backbone to deliver a full-flavored beer with a ton of complexity.
AleSmith Double Red is a 22 ounce bottle offering.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: Late Fall, 2015
Image via AleSmith Brewing. Updated style from Red Ale to Imperial IPA.
Alesmith Lil Devil, the San Diego, California’s Belgian-style pale ale, is now available in bottles for the first time.
The addition of the of a new 80-barrel Steinecker brewhouse and extra fermentation room has given the brewery the opportunity to expand the six pack offerings.
“The incredible demand for us to package our beers in a 12-ounce format has always existed,” says AleSmith sales director James Valles. “Now, with our increased production capacity, we are finally able to fulfill that demand. We are currently in the process of shipping the new six-packs within our 24-distributor network, spanning across 19 states.”
This is the first time that Alesmith Lil Devil will be available in package, having been draft only since 2002. Look for it in-market by mid-October, 2015.
Style: Belgian-style Pale Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: October, 2015 (Bottles)
Distribution: AZ, CA, IL, MA, MN, NC, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VA, VT, WA
5.75% ABV, 24 IBUs