One of the biggest pumpkin beers out there, Avery Rumpkin has returned again for fall 2017.
“A pumpkin pie soaked in rum.” That was the general idea when creating the Avery Rumpkin recipe. Besides pumpkin, Avery Rumpkin is brewed with nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon, then aged in rum barrels.
Rum barrels have been a big leaking issue for Avery in the past. If a barrel leaks, you beer killing oxygen getting in, or other off-flavors introduced into the beer. Over the past 7 years, the brewery has lost between 30% & 40% of the batches. To fix this, the brewery flew in two professional coopers from France to restore the rum barrels before Rumpkin rested in the wood.
The result? Avery states this year’s de-barreling was the best in the brewery’s history.
The 2017 edition of Avery Rumpkin debut on August 7th. Look for it nationally later this month.
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The 45th entry into the Avery’s Barrel-Aged Series isn’t a sour this round, but a huge imperial peanut butter stout.
Avery has actually been working on a peanut butter beer stout for years, but struggled with the peanut flavor. When you add peanuts to beer, the oil kills the bubbles. (Plus peanuts can get a little oily.) In the past, the beers fell a little short on flavor, so they’ve never gone public. That was until Travis Rupp. Avery’s Research and Development Manager joined the process.
Rupp is a professor at the University of Colorado and graces the bottle’s label. He found the same setback while brewing with peanuts as a homebrewer. In order to get it right, Rupp used refined peanut flour for a burst of nutty flavor, then aged in bourbon barrels.
It’s hard to. ignore the 15.2% on the label, or the peanut butter mention. Rupp and his team have really pulled off a great peanut butter based beer. The imperial stout is creamy smooth with hints of chocolate. The peanut flavor really starts to pop as the beer warms. In the end, this is like a boozy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Avery Nuttiest Professor is available in limited quantities nationally in 12 ounce bottles.
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Avery Tequilana will be the 43rd release in the brewery’s Barrel Aged Series. If you are a tequila fan, you’re in for a treat.
Expect a light sour beer with a blast of tequila flavor, especially on the nose. The brewery has a close relationship with El Atlo, Mexico based Suerte Tequila. The brewery has been purchasing their barrels for years and now have nearly 200 on site.
Avery Tequilana is a blend of both resposado and anejo tequila barrels, aged for seven months. Suerte barrels really give the final beer a very pronounced flavor, which is why the love affair has lasted so long.
“Tequilana,” said Rupp, “has a very pure and huge tequila character. Since this beer was aged in reposado and añejo tequila barrels for seven months, it’s really exciting to smell and taste oak character in the beer such as butterscotch, vanilla, and agave notes since they come simply from the barrels themselves.” – Travis Rupp, Avery’s R&D Manager
Agave tequilana, more commonly known as blue agave, is the naming inspiration for Avery Tequilana. Find it on draft at the brewery starting March 13th, and nationally in 12 ounce bottles.
Avery Certatio Equestris joins the brewery’s Barrel Aged Series on June 19th. Think of a popular bourbon drink when you wonder what this beer tastes like.
Avery Certatio Equestris is modeled after the ubiquitous mint julep. The base sour ale was aged in bourbon barrels with spearmint leaves (the key ingredient in the julep, after bourbon). You can probably imagine the result from here.
A mint julep is not the product of a formula — it is ceremony, and must be performed by a gentleman possessing a true sense of artistic, a deep reverence for the ingredients, and a proper appreciation of the occasion. It is a rite that must not be entrusted to a novice, a statistician, nor a Yankee.” – Henry Clay
Dang it! We were in there till the Yankee caveat.Pucker up, Buttercup!
Avery Certatio Equestris is a 12 ounce bottle release. Certatio Equestris translates to “horserace. (He
Distribution: CA, CO, DC, GA, IL, IA, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NE, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TX, VA, WA.
Many of the releases prior to Avery Xolotl are barrel-aged wild ales. This edition is a bourbon aged imperial stout with a spicy twist. The 11.4% imperial stout is brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon, plus Pasilla, Ancho, and Chipotle chilies (including red, brown, and black.)
No 37. Clocks and spelling may not be your forte Thoma, but fortunately for everyone, blending a menagerie of wonderfully wacky ingredients is! Who cares about time or first name spellings anyhow?
Avery Xolotl will be a 12 ounce bottle offering. According to the label, bottling will occur in May, 2016.
The base beer is a Belgian-style dubbel, aged in rum barrels with orange zest. Avery says the put their own personal twist on this. Rum and orange zest? We’d say they did.
We’ve been thinking long and hard about one of our all-time favorites and how to put our personal lil twist on it. Or is this a big twist? Hmmm. We’ll have to think, and drink, on that one.
Avery Ruminate is a 12 ounce bottle offering. The brewery has not yet announced this release.
Avery will release #36 in the series on March 20th
Avery Expletus is the next Barrel-Aged Series release (#36) on March 20th, 2016. This edition is the brewery’s own version of a Tequila Sunrise (typically made with orange juice, cherries, tequila, and grenadine.
Cherries and tequila barrel-aging highlight this new iteration, an American wild/sour ale. The brewery touts this as their most tequila-forward release to date.
Sometimes you set off on a journey with a destination in mind, but you find what you were seeking many miles before.
Avery Expletus a 12 ounce bottle offering.