Easily one of the recognized barrel-aged imperial stouts in the industry turns 10 this month – The Bruery Black Tuesday. When quantities of this beast of a beer allow, the general public has a chance to take purchase it on one single day a year. That day? October 29th.
The Bruery calls this stout “The Beer from Hell.” If you ask a brewer, they will say because it’s a difficult beer to make. If you ask a drinker, they will say it’s huge, boozy, and extremely bold. Regardless of why, on thing is certain – Black Tuesday Imperial Stout is in a class by itself.
Black Tuesday is aged over a year in bourbon barrels, just waiting to fully envelop palates with flavor and crush skulls with it’s nearly 20% alcohol by volume. Bold doesn’t even begin to describe this beer. The brewery’s descriptors of dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and oak are spot on – we’d like to include chewy, smoky, sweet, and dare we say – elegant. Sip slowly or it will wreck your week. Sharing is encouraged.
New for 2019 are Black Tuesday in 16-ounce cans. You may have noticed The Bruery slowly turning some of their imperial and pastry stouts over to aluminum, not long after lauching their India pale ale brewing subset, Offshoot Beer Company.
Now, the release details:
- Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 – 10 AM PST/1 PM EST
- Online: www.thebruery.com
- $30 per 750ml, $18 per 16oz Can
- Shipping within California, Pickup in Orange County CA, & Washington D.C. until 12/31/19
Bruery Reserve Members typically have multiple options to purchase Black Tuesday and variants of this imperial stout throughout the year. This is the only time it is offered ot the general public.
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German chocolate cake in a can? This is it. The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is now available.
It’s no secret that The Bruery loves big flavorful beers, and this oddly named release is no different. If our German is even close to correct, Geburtstagskranz means “birthday wreath”. The wreath is typically a decorated wooden circle where candles are lit instead of putting them on the birthday cake.
While that tradition is typically for kids, this beer is definitely for adults. The base beer is an imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla, cacao nibs, and tart cherries. The Bruery describes this release as “rich, with notes of sweet vanilla, chocolate, and tart juicy cherries”.
The Bruery Geburtstagskranz 2019 is available in 16oz cans ($12) and 4-packs ($42) each. Limited release.
It started in Chicago, and now California has their shot at a taste. The Bruery Icky Thump, a collaboration with Chicago’s Mikerphone Brewing debuts in the Sunshine State.
“A massive imperial stout” pretty much sums up this release, which was initially brewed with California-based Portola Coffee Chicago. Incidentally, for the Cali release, The Bruery used Chicago coffee, from Tugboat Coffee.
Our version of Icky is a silky, creamy, coffee bomb of a beer… – The Bruery
The Bruery Icky Thump is available in 16-ounce cans and draft starting March 20th.
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Placentia, California based The Bruery will open their first east coast location on the east coast this month.
Renowned beers like the barrel-aged Black Tuesday, Mocha Wednesday, and White Chocolate got their start on at their original location on Dunn Way, alongside a series of wild and sour beers. Recently, the “wild” lineup was dubbed Bruery Terreux, and moved to an “all funk” location nearby.
This spring, they (finally) did what they said they would never do – they released India pale ales. Let’s just say they are “bending” their rule by releasing a hoppy lineup as Offshoot Beer Co.
The Bruery is looking east in 2018 with a brick & mortar presence in Washington D.C.
The Union Market District of the nation’s capital is where The Bruery has claimed their new home. The store will offer bottle and can sales from all three brands, for take away and on-site consumption, plus eight taps for growler and crowler fills.
Additionally, the store will serve as a pick-up point for Reserve, Preservation, and Hoarders Society members, and online bottle sales.
“The Bruery Store at Union Market District provides a central location for fans along the East Coast to get their hands on all three of our brands under one roof. We’re incredibly excited to put down roots for our first retail store outside of California in the nation’s capital. Such an expansion wouldn’t be possible without the support from our fans across the country.” – founder and CEO, Patrick Rue
The Bruery Store at Union Market District will share 5,000 square feet with other retailers. The two-story building is located at 513 Morse St. NE was built in 1931 as a small, independent butcher shop, Kramer & Sons.
You’ll find The Bruery “East” located at 513 Morse St. NE, open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
If you go:
- The first 100 shoppers (no purchase necessary) on Jan. 19 will be gifted a limited edition, commemorative t-shirt and receive a three-bottle set of beer.
- The second 100 shoppers (no purchase necessary) on Jan. 19 will be gifted two bottles of beer.
- On Jan. 19, attendees who sign up to become a Preservation Society member will receive a free bottle of beer.
- Current Hoarders Society, Reserve Society, and Preservation Society members will receive a free bottle of beer with any purchase during opening weekend.
- One lucky shopper on January 19 will win a 2018 Reserve Society membership raffle (no purchase necessary). A membership includes over $370 value in included beer and merchandise, plus access to purchase the brewery’s most limited releases – at a 15% discount – online and in-store.
- A meet-and-greet with The Bruery Founder, Patrick Rue – one of just 16 individuals to earn the title of Master Cicerone®.
- Onsite sales of Black Tuesday 2017 (limit 3 bottles per person, while supplies last.)
- Visitors will be able to join the Offshoot Beer Co. Interest List and gain access to the latest fresh, juicy, hop-forward and canned releases from the offshoot of The Bruery.Onsite bottle sales of popular and special releases from The Bruery, Bruery Terreux and Offshoot Beer Co. will be featured throughout opening week.
The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday will be available to the Reserve Society members in 2018.
The “Weekday” Series is home to Grey Monday, Black Tuesday, and Mocha Wednesday, each of variable rarity. Last year The Bruery’s Reserve Society was home to PB & Thursday, a variant of barrel-aged Black Tuesday brewed with peanut flour. Basically peanut butter Black Tuesday.
Next year, Reserve Society members can claim The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday. This sandwich inspired spin on Black Tuesday is brewed with peanut flour, boysenberries, and salt. The end result has to be the most alcoholic peanut butter and jelly sandwich every made (in beer form) clocking in at 19.2% alcohol by volume.
It won’t stick to the roof of your mouth, but it will impart layers of peanut character and fruity sweetness to the bourbon notes of our revered, barrel-aged imperial stout.
The Bruery PB & Jelly Thursday will be available in 750-milliliter bottles only to those in the Reserve Society in 2018.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Peanut Flour. Boysenberries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles.