Nebraska Brewing Runnin’ With the Devil is a potential release in the brewery’s Inception Series this year. (As of now, not officially announced.)
For Runnin’ with the Devil, the brewery took their Fathead Barleywine, and aged it in rum barrels. Because? Booze.
A variant of our Fathead Barley Wine Ale. We’ve taken a massive beer which already had deep brown sugar notes and chosen to age it further in Venezuelan Rum barrels for a beautiful finish and deep maturation. You’ll find it best to share with a friend. And be seated.
Nebraska Runnin’ with the Devil will be available in 750ml bottles.
Firestone Walker Brewing (Paso Robles, CA) will release Sucaba, the brewery’s barrel aged barleywine again on January 17th, 2015. You knew it once as Abacus, but they can’t say that anymore. (It’s legal crap. Last time we will bring it up. Everyone has moved on.)
Interestingly, Firestone Walker’s Matt Brynildson reveals something about Sucaba that has been a bit of a secret. It is actually a blend of two beers. The base beer indeed Sucaba, but a second strong beer, a 10% beer, is blended to give the final concoction the chocolate-y, dark cherry notes.
“We’ve never talked about it, but §ucaba is actually a blend of two separate beers,” Brynildson said.
Firestone Walker Sucaba is part of the brewery’s Proprietor’s Reserve Series, available in 22oz bombers. ERP: $16.99
Availability: 22oz bombers, Individually Boxed. 3500 cases produced.
13% ABV, 42 IBUs
Post updated with 2015 details. Image via Firestone Walker.
2015 is an “odd year.” Fans of Stone Brewing Co. know by now that odd years bring “Odd Years” versions of Stone Imperial Russian Stout and Old Guardian Barleywine.
Past Odd Beer versions of Old Guardian have included Oak Smoked, and Belgo-Barleywine. 2015 looks like its Odd offering barleywine will be Extra Hoppy. As in the past, the bottle tells a story (not particularly pertaining to the beer at all.)
7:37 PM. Sara and I just arrived at Berlin’s Vagabund Brauerei. Upon entry, founder Matt handed me their 100% Marris Otter amber ale. CBS news correspondent Liz Palmer is filming at the bar with a young lady, no doubt to get her thoughts on the whole “craft beer thing.” Liz and I shot the main interview at the Stone-Berlin site earlier today. Talking about this project makes me antsy to get the damn thing open! Ditto our new Richmond, Virginia (RVA) site (today, the City Council approved some new city ordinances to clear the way for the eastern US brewery). Polish beer blogger Michael “Docent” Maranda (www.polskiminibrowary.pl) just walked over to say hello and grab a quick snapshot, and CBS cameraman Thurston is shooting me typing the text for this bottle on my laptop as I sip that Amber ale (which is really quite nice). Now, the camera is just a few inches from my face. Does the world really want an extreme close-up of me? I wouldn’t think so, but at least they asked me to take one more sip of the beer, so there’s that. Shortly, Liz and I are going to sit and taste some Stone beers hand–carried to Germany to share with folks here in anticipation of the late – 2015 opening of Stone Brewing – Berlin. Matt, Tom and David opened Vagabund Brauerei A little over a year ago, and it’s a shining beacon of light in an otherwise craft –artisanal–beer-sparse Berlin neighborhood of Wedding. They and other craft brewers in Berlin are bringing it. The movement is still in its naissance, but there’s a great energy. I’m being Mic’d so we can shoot the tasting part of the segment – my favorite part! (Good thing, considering the line of work I picked.) It’s heady times with these massive projects. More going on than any other time in our history… And we’ve always had a habit of having a lot going on. Part of that “don’t know how to leave well enough alone” gene we seem to be blessed with. Wouldn’t have it any other way. 8:52 PM. Just finished tasting 2014 OG with Liz. She loved it. We shared great conversations. Liz had some serious war stories (literally; I learned she spent years in different war-torn parts of the world, including being embedded with the Iraqi Army just a few days earlier, so interviewing me over beers was light duty, to say the least). I’ve met some great conversationalists in my time, but hanging out with her over beers was a treat. So was the nearly 2 hours that followed, discussing and enjoying beers. That seems to happen around me a lot.
Stone Old Guardian Extra Hoppy will be available in 22oz bottles in 2015.
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Arrival: TBA, 2015
5 Rabbit Cerveceria (Chicago, IL) recently released Ponche! in time for the holiday season. The beer is based on a warm, tropical fruit punch common in Mexico and Latin American countries.
5 Rabbit Ponche! is a barleywine brewed with guava, dates, apples, and muscat grapes.
5 Rabbit Ponche! is available in 750ml bottles and draft in the tap room.
Style: Barleywine (w/ Guava, Dates, Apples, Grapes)
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft. Seasonal release.
Two Roads Brewing’s (Stratford, CT) newest is a blonde barleywine dubbed 20 Ton Ale.
The beer honors an inherited 20-ton overhead crane left over from when the production facility was US Baird Automatic Machine facility. The crane isn’t fully operational, but the brewery does use it from time to time.
A behomoth of a beer, it’s brewed with Golden Promise (known for its distinct vanilla biscuit character) malt and generously hopped with a blend of both cutting-edge and classic hop varieties. The result is a decidedly fruity and piney heavyweight brew clocking in at 12% alcohol and loaded with plenty of hop character that makes it enjoyable upon release or after aging in a cool cellar.
Two Roads 20 Ton Ale is available starting this week in 750ml bottles, and limited draft.
Availability: 750ml bottles, Corked & Caged. Draft
Arrival: December 8th, 2014
Wild Heaven Craft Beers (Avondale Estates, GA) will release a bourbon barrel version of Civilization Barleywine in 2015, dubbed Height of Civilization. The brewery put the barleywine into barrels today.
Civilization’s recipe was recently tweaked (to include bourbon soaked cocoa nibs) and is a complex 12% ABV beer.
Duclaw Brewing’s Devil’s Milk is set to return again in 2014 on November 12th. The beer was first brewed in 1998.
The 2014 vintage of Devil’s Milk epitomizes the American Barleywine. A medium bodied, amber ale with a thin, persistent, off-white head and a complex flavor profile with an assertive hop bill. Mesmerizing citrus flavors and aromas of the palate dominating hop finish and warming alcohol presence…
Duclaw Devil’s Milk is available in 22oz bombers and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal release.