Boy, howdy. (That’s my first and final cowboy joke about Wild Beer Round Up, I swear.) Though it’s a bit chilly in Maine to line up for a beer release, Allagash’s Jan. 24 bash is tempting.
Now in its second year, Wild Beer Round Up is sort of a Wild West-themed party—complete with keg lasso’ing—but it’s mostly a chance to get your hands on a new Allagash offering as well as some goodies from years past, all at $15 per bottle.
For the 2015 edition, Allagash will release Emotional Honey, a 6.8%-ABV sour red ale that’s been aged with wild yeast before resting for eight months in mead barrels from a Vermont meadery. Copper in color with aromas of oak, dill and fruit, Emotional Honey should finish tart and dry thanks to lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria.
The brewery also is pulling out three past favorites: Old HLT, an amber aged on cherries; FV 13 aged in Allagash’s famous foudres; and Tiarna, a blended oak-aged ale.
If you’re set on getting your hands on these, the line forms early. Allagash opens its doors at 9 a.m. Jan. 24 for complimentary doughnuts and coffee (there’s also Monmouth Red, an apple brandy barrel-aged version of Emotional Honey, on draft). Bottle sales begin at 10 a.m.