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Drake's Reunion Barleywine Release

Drake's Brewing is having a very special, limited release of it's Reunion Barleywine (details below), and we thought it would be great to turn it into an event so we could make sure many of you could get some of this rare beer. 

It'll be a fairly laid back affair as far as events go, no tickets or anything of the sort needed, but Drake's on release days gets packed. They have tons of awesome beer besides the Reunion Barleywine (and should be a Food Truck or two to feed your belly to support more beer). 

If you've never been to Drake's Barrel House, this is a great opportunity to score some awesome beer, and meetup with some cool folks (and they usually do tours throughout the day if you aren't sick of Brewery Tours yet, heh). 

The Barrel House is open from 12pm to 9pm on Saturdays, we'll be there early as possible because I need at least a couple bottles of this beer. After that there will be general hanging out and socializing over some tasty barrel aged beers.


From Drake's Brewing Bloghttp://drinkdrakes.com/

Those of you paying attention know that our Black Robusto Porter took home silver at the Great American Beer Festival.  But that wasn’t the only news we made in Denver.  Tucked among the entries to the Denver Rare Beer Tasting was our own Reunion Barleywine.  Not only was it a rare beer- it was the first time anyone outside the brewhouse had tasted it, and we’re happy to report it was a hit.

What the deal with Reunion?  Well, two and a half years ago, we managed to get the band back together for a brew session with six former Drake’s brewers, who came back to make a collaboration barleywine. We took that one-of-a-kind barleywine, lovingly transferred it into some equally rare Samuel Adams Utopias® barrels, and let it do its thing. After keeping close tabs on it for two years, it is just about ready for release.

This smooth, complex brew features flavors of toffee, slight roast, fig, oak, and the distinctive flavor of sherry and Buffalo Trace Bourbon from the Utopias® barrels. Each sip reveals a new facet worthy of exploring, and you can have the added joy of delving into the beer with the same scrunched-face concentration that Jim Koch himself displayed in Denver.

Now don’t worry, Californians… we wouldn’t leave our oldest supporters and neighbors in the cold with a brew like this. What didn’t go to Denver will be released in bottles one month from today- Saturday, December 7th exclusively at Drake’s Barrel House.  We’re expecting it to go fast, so plan accordingly- when it’s gone, it’s gone for good.


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  • Brian S.

    Didn't manage to catch up with every one, but had a great time with those I did. Delicious beer, fun atmosphere!

    December 7, 2013

  • Brian S.

    Few of us in line now. :-D

    December 7, 2013

    • Brian S.

      We are inside close to the front of the line between the bar and the bottle table.

      December 7, 2013

    • Eppa R.

      K I am in line to get another beer but we will try to find you all after

      December 7, 2013

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