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
Barley wines are traditionally hefty brews, but ours is downright excessive. The huge maltiness of this beer is only tamed by an equally prodigious addition of hops, creating a rich, slightly sweet, caramel-hued ale infused with assertive bitterness and bright hop notes, all culminating in a pleasing dryness. While it will evolve into an even more glorious brew with age, this beer’s delicious onslaught of flavors will seriously challenge your ability to wait any longer to drink it.
Stone Old Guardian Barleywine is available in 22oz bombers and draft seasonally, for a limited time.
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WA
11.6% ABV, 80 IBUs
Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta) will have a new barrel aged offering on the shelves in the southeast this week. Beard Envy is the brewery’s barrel aged barley wine.
Brewers Garett Lockhart and Steve Anderson have been kicking around around the idea of barrel aging a barley wine for more than a year. After finishing off the 20th Anniversary Imperial Stout, they knew it was time for that brew. The name, was on accident.
If you’ve spent anytime at all around craft beer, you know that there are a lot of beards running around. Garett has openly admitted that his beard growing skills leave much to be desired. He has “beard envy.” The rest is now history.
Beard Envy is 9+% English-style barley wine aged in tertiary use Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. The final result is worth it. A beer that balances flavors of both the base beer and the barrel. Available now for a limited time.