December brings cold temperatures and the threat of snow, (code for rain in Vancouver’s case) making beers with a little warmth and character that much more appealing. This December we see the return of the warm and jolly, with two holiday Small Batch releases – our 2013 vintage Barley Wine and Chocolate Imperial Stout.
Now there’s nothing small about our latest batch of Barley Wine. Aged in Jack Daniels barrels, this year’s brew has an abv of 11.5% and a BU of 60. Full of flavour, our Barley Wine is loaded with NZ Motueka hops – which balance the beer’s sweet malt character and dried fruit flavours; while allowing the oak, vanilla and alcohol characteristics of the barrels to shine through.
The perfect accompaniment to a cold day, (and any beer aficionado’s stocking) we have also cellared a few cases of our 2012 batch of Barley Wine – which will be released alongside this year’s brew. Look for both batches in our retail store, sold separately and as a 2-pack holiday box set.
As you know, the big news this December was the announcement that our new Burly Goat Weizenbock would be replacing our Chocolate Imperial Stout. A popular brew, (and if truth be told one of my favourites) I received more than a few email’s inquiring about the beloved Stout – and quite a few more pleas to reconsider its demise. A fan of giving the people what they want, (and in the holiday spirit of giving) I have bowed to the pressure and have decided to brew one special batch of Chocolate Imperial Stout – but with a twist. This year’s batch – like the Barley Wine – has been aged in JD Barrels.
Appearing in both 650ml bottles, and on limited draught, look for our new Barrel-aged Chocolate Imperial Stout this December.
Cheers, happy holidays and stay warm!
Vern’s latest batch of Barley Wine is available in our Taproom & retail store on Granville Island, as well as in select stores in BC for a limited time. While the Chocolate Imperial Stout will be available and in-stores on Wednesday, December 18th.