Surly Brewing’s anniversary is technically in February, but this beer celebrating eight years is done, when it’s done. That’s a brewery saying. Every release is vastly different than the seven before it. Head brewer Todd Haug is given carte blanche to create as he sees fit. Surly Eight is a described as an oat-wine style, with milk sugar and aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels.
This beer was designed for barrel aging, so it’s been a great opportunity to work with our friends at High West Distillery® in Park City. Utah. Brewed with Golden Promise and Aromatic malt Oats, and Milk sugar fermented in stainless steel then aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels, this golden hued Oat-Wine style ale summons notes of spicy vanilla marshmallow and aromas of honey and whIskey.
Style: Barleywine (w/ Lactose. Barrel Aged. Whiskey.)
Availability: 750ml Bombers, Draft
Surly Anniversary Releases To Date:
One – “Quadruple Bock” 8.3% ABV
Two – Imperial Stout with cranberries. Aka “Cranimal”
Three – Black Braggot, 8.3%
Four – Double Espresso Milk Stout, 9.4%
Five – Brett Dark Ale, 7.5%
Six – aka “Syx”, American Strong Ale. 15%
Seven – “SeVIIn, Belgian-style Strong Ale, w/ Brett
Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, MI) celebrates Gustav Holst’s classical masterpiece “The Planets”, with a specialty beer series that starts this year.
Each offering is a different interpretation of the composer’s movements, like the above Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age. Saturn is the only barrel-aged beer in the series, a bourbon barreled barleywine that went into the barrels in July, 2014.
Expect Bell’s Saturn sometime in April, 2015.
Read more: Bell’s Planetary Series
The last of ride of Firestone Walker’s (Paso Robles, CA) Double DBA arrives on July 12th. A replacement has yet to be announced.
“The 2014 Double DBA is a big and complex beer that still offers the balance and drinkability that are the hallmarks of DBA,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson.
The beer has been a popular one for the brewery, as Brynildson says, “This vintage is outstanding, so Double DBA is leaving us on a high note.”
Firestone Walker Double DBA is the brewery’s imperial special bitter, brewed double strength, then fermented in American oak barrels. After fermentation the beer is racked in American bourbon barrels and aged for one year. The barrel mix for the 2014 Double DBA included barrels from Woodford Reserve, Elijah Craig and Four Roses. This July is the last offering of this beer.
Fun fact: The bourbon barrels used to mature the 2014 Double DBA are being shipped to Scotland, where Tullibardine distillery to age single malt scotch whisky.
A new bourbon barrel ale is coming from Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY). Brooklyn Hand & Seal is a barleywine and an homage to exclusive British drinking styles. Hand & Seal is aged in bourbon oak casks and re-fermented in the bottle. Something the brewery loves to do.
In the 20th year of his reign, our Brewmaster brought forth a new wonderment for the people. Barleywine-style ale, an old and once exclusive drink of the British nobility, would be produced anew in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn brewing team toiled to create a complex liquid with the rich flavors of floor malted barley shining through layers of vanilla, coconut and floral notes provided by aging in casks of bourbon oak, culminating in 100% bottle refermentation.
“Our hand, and our seal, is our promise to you of the deliciousness within.”
Hand & Seal is a reference to English & French legal document signing in the 18th century. The “hand” was either the hand or thumb dipped in wax and applied to the document by the signer. The seal, is the seal of the organization it was written under.
Brooklyn Hand & Seal Barleywine will be available in 750ml bottles, corked & caged. Official details to follow…
Hubert: Here is your hand and seal for what I did.
King John: Oh, when the last account twixt heaven and earth
Is to be made, then shall this hand and seal
Witness against us to damnation.”
Shakespeare: King John, iv. 2.
Today, Firestone Walker unveils Ol’ Leghorn, a collaboration with 3 Floyds.
The beer is a hoppy blonde barleywine, brewed with English ale malts, and no specialty malt. After brewing, Ol’ Leghorn was racked to bourbon and wine barrels for aging. In addition, a fresh hoppy batch of beer was blended with the barrel aged beer to give Leghorn a hoppy layer to go along with all the bold barrel notes.
Firestone Walker/3 Floyds Ol’ Leghorn debuts today (May 31st) on draft at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer fest in Paso Robles, California. 22oz bottles go on sale June 1st at 10 am in the brewery store. Limited distribution to follow.
Altech’s Lexington Brewing Company will soon expand their lineup with the addition of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale.
Currently, Lexington has Bourbon Barrel Ale year round, alongside Bourbon Barrel Stout. Last fall, the brewery released Pumpkin Barrel Ale. By our best count, a barleywine makes four barrel aged releases.
Lexington Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Barleywine will be packaged in 12oz bottles.
Style: Barleywine (Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 12oz Bottles