We hope you’ve all gotten over that New Year’s Resolution to cut down on drinking nonsense and that come this weekend you’re ready to give your tastebuds a caressing and your liver a beatdown. CellarFest 2013 kicks off this Saturday, January 19th, at 4 PM (or 2 PM if you happen to be one of the lucky few who snagged tickets to our now sold-out VIP event) and we’ve got our best list yet of aged barleywines, imperial stouts, and Belgian strong ales.
For those unfamiliar with our CellarFest, here’s the gist: most beers get worse with age, but a select few gain a deeper complexity and in the process lose the telltale alcoholic burn or syrupy sweetness that oft times prove overwhelming to the palate. Our mission is to take these unique brews and set them aside until such time as we can reintroduce them into a thirsty world that is ready to appreciate them anew.
As usual, we’ll be serving 4 oz and 10 oz pours, the former at prices ranging from $2 to $4 and the latter at prices between $4 and $8. There is no admission at the door and no other additional cost of any sort; you only pay for what you drink.
Our hours will be the normal Saturday hours, from 4 PM until Midnight, with a last call around 11:30.
And now, to get those tastebuds salivating properly, here’s our complete draft list with full descriptions of each beer!
–Alaskan Barleywine (2008)– A full-bodied Barleywine, deep mahogany in color and brewed with an array of complementing malts to achieve its high original gravity. Multiple hop additions in the boil and dry hopping during fermentation provide contrast to the big malt character. Gains deeper malt complexity and smoothness over time. 10.7% ABV
–Bend Wicked Medicine (2010)– Belgian Strong Ale with aromatic teases of ripe bananas, sweet candy and warm spices. Tastes of sweet malt, dark mexican sugar and underlying cherry essence. 10.6% ABV
–Block 15 Figgy Pudding (2010)– A Holiday Strong Ale brewed with English pale and specialty malts and molasses. Matured in freshly emptied brandy barrels and conditioned with mission figs. Gently spiced with the world’s finest ceylon cinnamon and whole nutmeg. 11% ABV
–Boulder Obovoid Oak Aged Oatmeal Stout (2010)– As dark as deep space, this chewy Oatmeal Stout is aged on oak that adds an earthy character to its roasted notes and is brewed with black and chocolate malts to provide a bittersweet chocolate finish. 6.8% ABV
–Deschutes The Dissident (2010)– Fermented for more than 18 months with the wild yeast strain brettanomyces, this distinctive Oud Bruin, or Flanders-style brown ale, features a fruity aroma and flavor. Partially aged in pinot and cabernet barrels for over 3 months and with Central Washington cherries for a full year. 11% ABV
–Dogfish Head Red & White (2010)– A big, Belgian-style Wit brewed with coriander and orange peel and fermented with Pinot Noir juice. After fermentation a fraction is aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels, and another fraction is aged on oak staves. The beer is blended together to marry the refreshing citrusy qualities of a Belgian-style white beer with the robust complexity of a bold red wine. 10% ABV
–Fort George Cavatica Stout (2008)– An immense, bold, black as night Imperial Stout; Cavatica is no dry Irish anything. Made in the tradition of Terminator, except stronger, one sip and you will surely take notice of what you’re drinking. The name honors this brewer’s affinity with arachnia. Be forewarned, this beer will stain your clothes. 8.5% ABV
–Great Divide Old Ruffian (2009)– A hefty, hop-forward Barleywine. Seemingly mellow at first sniff, with its subtle fruit aromas and complex caramel sweetness, this deep mahogany-hued ale quickly shows its true character marked by bold hop flavors and massive hop bitterness. Old Ruffian’s rich, slightly creamy, caramel malt mouthfeel balances its grapefruit, pine, and floral hop flavors, working wonders on your palate. 10.3% ABV
–Lagunitas Gnarleywine (2008)– A Barleywine built to last. Flavors evolve as hop bitterness yields to crazy caramel and rich toffee flavors. 10.6% ABV
–Laurelwood Moose & Squirrel (2010)– Dark as night, thick and rich. Big roast and coffee flavors dominate this beer. The Russian Imperial Stout was first brewed for the Russian royal court. Today, this is one of our most highly anticipated winter releases. 8% ABV
–Lompoc Old Tavern Rat (2009)– A very intense Strong Ale with a malty body and plenty of caramel, dried fruit and roast flavors. This is the ideal beer to keep you warm on a cold winter’s night. 9% ABV
–North Coast Old Stock (2009)– Brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, this robust Strong Ale features an original gravity of over 1100 and a generous hopping rate. Old Stock Ale is well-designed to round-out and mellow with age. 11.7% ABV
–Oakshire Collaborative Evil (2010)– An Imperial Porter brewed with black strap molasses and dark brown sugar, this potent brew combines heavy roast with rich chocolate and coffee notes. 8.7% ABV
–Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy (2010)– This titanic, immensely viscous Imperial Stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hides a hefty 98 IBUs underneath a smooth blanket of malt. Brewed with enormous quantities of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. 10.5% ABV
–Rogue Russian Imperial Stout (2005)– The Emperor of Stouts. Rich in texture, broad, soft and creamy, the Imperial Stout is the most robust and fullest of all stouts. Its high level of hopping is intended to preserve it during long trips and to provide a more bracing drink against cold climates. The color is very dark, nearly opaque black. Exhibits enormously powerful malt flavors, hints of dark fruits, and is surprisingly dry. 10.4% ABV
–Russian River Consecration (2009)– A Sour Belgian Strong Dark Ale aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels from local wineries. It is aged for 4 to 8 months with black currants, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Rich flavors of chocolate truffle, spice, tobacco, currants, and a bit of cabernet. Very full-bodied, sip slowly! 10% ABV
–Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Ken’s (2010)– A Black Barleywine rich with bittersweet and roasted malt flavors and balanced with whole-cone American hops, this robust ale should age gracefully for years. 10.2% ABV
–Southern Oregon Mrs. Claws (2010)– Mrs. Claws is a naughty little Barleywine crafted in a classic English style with a dark wheat and flaked oat element for a perfect body. Smooth and balanced but also complex and warming. 9.5% ABV
–Terminal Gravity Festivale (2008)– Brewed in the style of a British Strong or Old Ale. Huge and complex malt and hop flavors with a nice little alcoholic warmth in the finish. The color is deep ruby brown and it produces a fine cream colored cascading head. 8.3% ABV