In the pantheon of Pacific Northwest Barleywines, I consider Full Sail Brewing‘s Old Boardhead to be near the top of the class. First brewed in 1990, the 2010 Reserve edition celebrates its 20th release with a new label (previous labels were distinctive though plain) and two decades of perfecting the recipe. Full Sail’s description: A deliciously rich barleywine that has spectacular depth and delicacy of flavor that is deep and robust. Its strong, sweet body … Continue reading →
Monthly Archives: January 2011
For the past year bourbon barrels and time have been working their magic together deep in the cellar at the Full Sail Brewery. There are absolutely no shortcuts with this beer, as it all has been aging in rich bourbon barrels for twelve months. A 100% commitment to excellence results in a truly special beer – complex, elegant and supremely balanced. Now we’re finally able to taste the delicious results as the Full Sail crew … Continue reading →
February marks the 22nd Anniversary of craft beer in San Diego, and Karl Strauss Brewing Company is celebrating the occasion with a new event and limited release brew. Join the company for its inaugural “Changing of the Barrels” event to be held at the main brewery in Pacific Beach on February 2. This intimate event kicks off the company’s new anniversary barrel-aging series, offering the public an exclusive chance to taste the 22nd Anniversary beer … Continue reading →
Hale’s Ales, out of Seattle, brewed a “Special Limited Edition Release” Barleywine they called Rudyard’s Rare. According to the bottle, this was released in December 2007, which would make this a three-year-old beer; finding it at Whole Foods for $2.99 (for a 12-ounce bottle) makes that quite a good deal. The beer itself is 9.2% alcohol by volume. I don’t know if there is going to be another brewing of Rudyard’s Rare, or if the … Continue reading →
This week is Theme Week here at The Brew Site, and for this month I’ve decided to focus on one of my favorite beer styles: Barleywine. Actually I’m a bit surprised that I haven’t done a week on this yet, especially during the winter months. All this week I’ll be reviewing various Barleywine-style ales, re-visiting some past reviews, and perhaps writing a bit more about the style as well.