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 →
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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.
Next week I’m back into the monthly swing of doing a Theme Week and I’ve decided it’s time to go with Barleywine as the Theme for January. Barleywine is one of my favorite styles of beer, and shockingly I haven’t yet made it the topic of a Theme Week—I’ve hosted a Session with Barleywine as the topic though, so that’s something. The middle of winter is the perfect time for Barleywines, and I’ve been picking … Continue reading →
Let’s start off our Big Beer Week reviews with a classic: Anchor Old Foghorn, the venerable Barleywine from one of America’s oldest craft breweries. Barleywine is one of my favorite styles of beer, and Anchor has been producing their Old Foghorn since 1975—I wrote “classic” above, and to my mind this beer sits in the pantheon of American Barleywines. The current bottling has a strength of 9.4% alcohol by volume (their site gives a range … Continue reading →