Coming in January, 2014 is a brand new bourbon barrel offering from Red Brick Brewing – Beard Envy. You know there is no shortage of beards in the beer industry. If you don’t have one/can’t grow one, this might be the beer for you.
Back in July of of this year, the brewing team at Red Brick filled Buffalo Trace barrels with a 9% barley wine. It is quietly waiting for the first of the year, to show off what its got.
I’ve already tasted this brew, from the rack. You love malty, caramel-y barley wines mixed with vanilla/oak flavor? This is the beer for you.
Beer Street Journal will be bringing you a video inside this beer in January.
Style: Barleywine (Barrel Aged, Bourbon)
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: January, 2014
Artwork is by local artist and Beer Street Journal Supporter, Mr. Jert.
The second release in Coronado Brewing’s Coronado Collection is Barrel Aged Old Scallywag.
Style: Barleywine (Barrel Aged)
Availability: 22oz Bombers. Limited Release.
Clown Shoes Brewing (Ipswich, MA) will be bringing you a barrel aged barley wine to celebrate their fourth year of craft brewing.
You might not be among the 1011 billionaires on the planet, but the brewery wants you to drink like one. This English-style barley wine (more maltier, sweeter then American barley wines) is aged in European cognac barrels, so grab a snifter and feel fancy.
Billionaire will be offered in 22oz bottles.
Style: Barleywine (Barrel Aged, Cognac)
Availability: 22oz bombers
Arrival: December, 2013
Lagunitas had to cut Brown Shugga’ from its lineup a couple of years ago. The brew is one of the most expensive beers in the portfolio, and for every case of Shugga‘ Lagunitas brewed, they were short 3 cases of their daily beers. The brewery in Petaluma has since expanded, (and Chicago is nearing ready) and the beer is here to stay. (Well, that’s what Lag says.)
The beer exists thanks to an accident. Lagunitas had a failed batch of Olde Gnarlywine in 1997, so they tried to fix it with brown sugar. You know what happened from here.
12oz bottles and draft have seasonally returned. Rejoice, grab bottles, get happy.
Oskar Blues (Colorado & North Carolina) recently collaborated abroad with Scottish craft brewer Brewdog. The duo brewed a boozy barleywine that clocks in at 10.5% ABV. The beer is aggressive; a beer “for people who enjoy nonsense and walking on tightropes.”
This is available in Brewdog’s shop if you want bottles stateside.
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Citra
Malts: Extra Pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate
Availability: 12oz bottles
Harpoon Brewing celebrates the coming of colder weather with a barleywine. Until now, Bronze Age was just an employee tap room release.
The barleywine boasts flavors of dark fruit, pepper, vanilla, and carmel. Suitable for fresh drinking or keeping in your cellar for a while. Look for this in 22oz bottles.
Hops: Tettnang, Chinook
Availability: 22oz bombers
Rock Art Brewery is releasing Barrel Aged Vermonster today. The base barleywine is brewed with 100 pounds of malt per barrel (31 gallons). That’s a lot of malt driving your final ABV to 10+%.
This edition spent time in bourbon barrels prior to its release.
Style: Barleywine (Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 22oz bombers. Limited Release