Brooklyn Brewery will add Wild Horse Porter the Brewmaster’s Reserve lineup in February, 2015. The Brewmaster’s Reserve is a small batch, experimental series, released every four months.
Brooklyn Wild Horse Porter is an English-style porter that was fermented almost primarily with Brettanomyces yeast, then finished with house ale yeast.
… The result is an intriguing, full-bodied beer with a hay-forward funk on the nose preceding flavors of chocolate, coffee, fruit and caramel. We’re riding on the wild side. Are you ready?
Brooklyn Wild Horse Porter hits taps starting February 9th at a special event in Williamsburg, New York. Limited draft in key accounts shortly after.
Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: Draft only. Limited.
Brooklyn Brewing’s next Quarterly Experiment is Brooklyn “K” is For Kriek, brewed a year ago.
In 2014, the brewery added Montmorency cherries to their Local 2 offering, an abbey ale, and aged it in American charred oak bourbon barrels. Over time the sugar from the cherries fermented, turning Brooklyn “K” is For Kriek into something special.
Long Island, New York saw the first bottles of “K” is For Kriek hit shelve this week. The 750ml offerings will make their way to bottle shops over the next few weeks.
Delta Airlines is expanding local craft beer options on many of their domestic routes.
Those looking for tasty beer treats in the sky, you find regional beers on Delta’s West Coast Shuttle between Los Angeles and San Francisco; between New York-LaGuardia and Boston, Washington-Regan National and Chicago-O’Hare; on Delta’s transcontinental routes between New York-JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle; and on flights between Atlanta and New York-LaGuardia, Washington-Reagan National and Dulles, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa and New Orleans. Samuel Adams is available on all other domestic routes in the U.S.
*Blue Point was recently purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Brooklyn Black Ops, the brewery’s bourbon barrel aged imperial stout is back on shelves. The very limited beer’s recipe is apparently only known by two people. (Like Coca-Cola.) Each years recipe & flavor is just a little different. What you do need to know — it’s a Russian imperial stout aged in bourbon oak barrels. Bottled flat, and bottle conditioned with champagne yeast.
Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. Supposedly “Black ops” was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oat notes. They say there are only 1,000 cases. We have no idea what they’re talking about.”
Style: Russian Imperial Stout (Barrel aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml bottles, corked & caged. Limited Release.
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.
The first release in Brooklyn Brewery’s Brewmaster’s Reserve Series in 2014 is Hammarby Syndrome. The beer is a tribute to the neighborhood of their New Carnegie Brewery in Stockholm, Sweden.
“Hammarby Syndrome is the distress or impairment caused by the frenzied anticipation and giddy obsession over the beautiful Hammarby Sjöstad section of Stockholm, Sweden and the New Carnegie Brewery that Brooklyn Brewery will open there in March.”
Hammarby Syndrome is a strong ale brewed with spelt and spruce fonds, for a true taste of Scandinavia.
Style: Strong Ale (w/ Spruce Fonds)
Availability: Draft only
One of Brooklyn Brewery’s most coveted beers would easily be Black Ops, the barrel aged imperial stout. You really have to be at the right place, at the right time to get it. (The brewery’s running joke is that the beer doesn’t even exist.)
Even more rare, are “Ghost Bottles” that really only surface at special Brooklyn events, or rare ghost bottle nights. As far as you’re concerned, these bottles are just fiction. That is… until now.
Brooklyn has decided to let more of these ghosts out into the wild for the rest of the craft beer lovers to try. You have a new bottling line to thank for this opportunity. The lineup includes beers that have been tucked away in barrels, or given some special brewers treatments. (Don’t be dirty, you know what I mean. )
First up – Wild Streak. You might have seen this on Beer Street Journal back in June of last year.
Every quarter, the brewery plans on releasing a handful (i.e. few thousand cases) of these various special(ghost) bottles, starting on January 26th with Wild Streak. You’ll come to know this as “The Quarterly Experiment.”
Look for more “Ghost Bottle” announcements throughout the year.