Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad, aka “BBQ” has been a part of the brewery’s Smokestack Series for years. The Kansas City based brewery ages a quadrupel in bourbon barrels with cherries for the release.
Starting in September, this popular Smokestack member is switching over to 12 ounce bottles, and becoming a year-round release.
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.
The brewery has instituted this new format change for one of the brewery’s most loved beers. You’ll find “BBQ” in 12 ounce bottles, a part of a 4-pack, year-round going forward.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: September, 2016
11% ABV, 19 IBUs
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Boulevard Scotch-on-Scotch. A new limited release coming in 2017.
More information to follow.
Boulevard Funky Pumpkin makes a seasonal return this week. The Kansas City, Missouri’s unique take on the pumpkin seasonal.
In a sea of pumpkin spiced ales, Boulevard Funky Pumpkin is definitely one one of the more unique. In the spirit of Berliner Weisse, Funky Pumpkin is kettle soured with the lactic acid producing bacteria, Lactobacillus.
Our entry in the very popular pumpkin ale market is an eccentric one, with pumpkin flavor scarcely present, upstaged by cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger. Brewhouse souring lends a subtle, pleasant tartness putting the “unk” in “funky.”
Boulevard Funky Pumpkin is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft. 2016 season will be the last time you’ll find Funky Pumpkin (at least for a while), as the brewery will not release it in 2017.
5.8% ABV, 28 IBUs
Boulevard Imperial Stout X Manhattan is ready to join the brewery’s Smokestack Series.
Recently, the Kansas City, Missouri based brewery expanded their well-known Smokestack Series to include a few entries with new treatments. The most recent example – Rye-on-Rye Sazerac. (Brewed to mimic the cocktail.)
Boulevard Imperial Stout X Manhattan incorporate the base imperial stout, aged in Jefferson’s Manhattan barrels, that were used age the cocktail
As a special treat for lovers of big, complex stouts, Boulevard Brewing Company offers the 2016 Imperial Stout “X” series. The “X” factor stands for key variables added to each of several different limited releases throughout the year. This batch was aged in cooperage that had been used to barrel finish Jefferson’s Manhattan cocktail, boding k an oaky/vanilla character with notes of earthy spice.
On shelves now is a sazerac inspired edition of Rye-on-Rye, also a part of the Smokestack Series.
Boulevard Imperial Stout X Manhattan is a 750 milliliter bottle release.
Ed note: The alcohol by volume may prohibit distribution in some states. Image: Boulevard Brewing
Boulevard Tasting Room Rosemary IPA joins the brewery’s Tasting Room Series this fall.
As the name suggests, the Tasting Room Series got its start in Boulevard’s Kansas City, Missouri Tasting Room. A selection of test batches, one-offs and other experiments that could one day be a full production brew.
Some of the beers are so well received in the Tasting Room, they get a small promotion to the brewery’s Sample Twelve Mixed Pack, that does see distribution. This fall, Boulevard Tasting Room Rosemary IPA is a part of that pack.
Inspired by a beer from Cerveza Granizo tasted during a judging session in Chile, Boulevard Brewmaster Steven Pauwels became intrigued with the idea of using rosemary in a hop forward beer to explore the interaction between bright herbaceous/savory flavors and punchy/fruity hops.
You can taste the result yourself in the fall Sample Twelve Pack, that ships to all Boulevard markets. Boulevard Tasting Room Rosemary IPA is a 12 ounce bottle release, joined by a new Milk Stout in the box.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Mixed Pack only
Debut: August, 2016
6% ABV, 59 IBUs
Boulevard Tasting Room Milk Stout is a part of the brewery’s Sample Twelve mixed pack this fall.
The series is named for beers found only in Boulevard’s Kansas City Tasting Room. That was, until the brewery started taking a few hand select winners and putting them into the Sample Twelve pack. The mixed box changes seasonally.
Boulevard Tasting Room Milk Stout is brewed with Cara 100, 120 and 300 malt, plus Patagonia Black Pearl. Those malts give the beer strong flavors of chocolate and caramel that compliment the creaminess of the lactose milk sugar addition.
Tasting Room – Milk Stout opens with aromas of bittersweet chocolate, espresso and toffee that transition to flavors of the same. The addition of lactose, a non-fermentable sugar, works with the rolled oats to deliver a creamy, lingering finish.
Boulevard Tasting Room Milk Stout is a 12 ounce bottle offering in the fall Sample Twelve Pack (alongside Rosemary IPA) and in the brewery’s Tasting Room.
Style: Milk Stout
Hops: Bravo, Cascade
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Debut: August, 2016
5.5% ABV, 12 IBUs
Boulevard Dark Truth Stout will be sporting a new look next time you see it.
The year-round imperial stout has been a staple for the Kansas City based brewery for years. The new labels are slowly rolling out into the market now, seen on Funky Pumpkin, and Bourbon Barrel Quad (recently changed to 12 ounce bottles).
Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, crème brulée. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish.
Boulevard Dark Truth Stout is available in 12 ounce bottles, no draft.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Brown Sugar)
Hops: Magnum, Zeus, Citra, Perle
Malts: Pale Malt, Amber 50, Cara 120, Cara 300, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Rye, Malted Rye, Malted Wheat, Honey Naked Oats, Flaked Oats
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Year-round
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