Third Anniversary

Since our first year in operation, we’ve been setting aside portions of each year’s Anniversary release to age in bourbon barrels and then blend into the next year’s batch. In this way, each new vintage literally contains a piece of our past. What follows is a little back story to shed some light on the three bottles we are releasing:

In 2012 we brewed THREEE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE, our first anniversary ale, which was a blend of a Belgian-style quad and a barrel aged imperial stout. We bottled most of this blend and released it, but racked a portion of the finished blend into oak bourbon barrels to save until we were approaching our second anniversary.

In 2013 we brewed SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTY, our second anniversary ale, which again started with a Belgian-style quad, but into which we blended barrel aged dark Belgian-style beers, including the 365 which had spent the past year in bourbon barrels. We bottled most of this blend and released it, but racked a portion of the finished blend into oak bourbon barrels until we were approaching our third anniversary.

ONE THOUSAND NINETY-FIVE, our third anniversary beer, has the added benefit of more advanced planning. Shortly after our second anniversary we once again brewed our favorite Belgian-style quad recipe. However, since we were a year ahead of schedule, we racked the entire batch into oak bourbon barrels were it sat until only very recently, awaiting the 730 that had also been aging in barrels to be blended into it. The result is that for the first time, all of the components of our anniversary ale were bourbon barrel aged. So, 1,095 contains barrel aged 730, and barrel aged 730 contains barrel aged 365. By continuing in this fashion, all subsequent annual releases will contain a portion of our past beers, from 365 to the most recent.

So we are of course releasing 750ml bottles of our third anniversary ale, ONE THOUSAND NINETY-FIVE, at our third anniversary party, but what else?

Back in 2013, when we blended bourbon barrel aged 365 into a freshly brewed quad to create 730, we didn’t blend all of it in. We reserved a portion of it to bottle separately so you would have the opportunity to experience how 365 developed on its own, over time spent in oak barrels, and a further period cellaring in bottles, high on the racks inside our cold box.

After a full year in Bourbon barrels, and another year of cellaring, we are also releasing a very limited number of bottles of BARREL AGED 365.

Similarly, when we just recently blended bourbon barrel aged 730 into a barrel aged quad to create 1,095, we didn’t blend all of it in. We reserved a portion of it to bottle separately, again, so you would have the opportunity to see how 730 developed over time.

After a full year in bourbon barrels, we are also releasing a very limited number of bottles of BARREL AGED 730.

See you at the brewery.

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