You knew this beer as Abacus. ZD Wines has a wine called Abacus also. The winery thinks you are too dumb to know the difference, and sued Firestone Walker for trademark infringement. They settled out of court, and FW stopped using the Abacus name as of June, 2011. So that leaves the question – How the hell did they brewery decide on §ucaba? Imagine Abacus in a mirror. Backwards it would look pretty much like this Abacus = §ucabA. Hopefully ZD doesn’t sue for mirrored trademark infringement.
About the beer:
Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combined with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry. This is definitely a sipping beer, best served in a brandy snifter. This ale pairs well with dark chocolate and sturdy cheeses.
Style: Barleywine (Barrel Aged)
Hops: Bittering–Bravo; Late Kettle–East Kent Golding
Malts: Munton’s Pale, Crisp Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Dark & Light Crystal, Chocolate
Availability: 22oz bombers, boxed. Limited Draft.
Arrival: Tap room debut, 1/28/12
Distro Area: CA, NV, OR, WA, AZ, CO, MO, Chicago, MA, NJ, NY, VA, PA, DC, MD
Release Party Deets:
The Beer formerly known as Abacus debuts with its new name on Saturday January 28, 2012 at the Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles CA.
Offerings for the day include:
– §ucaba and 13 other Firestone brews available for sampling
– $15 Cheese and sausage sampler (by Luna Red) paired with 4 Firestone beers (including §ucaba) and keep the embossed FW cheeseboard!
– $14 Pours of §ucaba in special Proprietors Reserve Tulip (by Rastal) and keep the glass!
Doors open at 11AM beer and food pairings available while they last!
For more information contact Hospitality Manager Veronica Jaurez:
(805)225-5911 ext 607