Today, we’re socking away three limited-release beers that are particularly difficult not to open. Thank goodness our “cellar” cabinets have opaque doors, so these bottles don’t taunt us with the (probably) delicious stuff inside.
Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog: We recently chatted with brewer Peter Egelston on the story of Olive, the dog on Smuttynose’s flagship brown ale, Old Brown Dog. Really Old Brown Dog is a second tribute to the dearly departed dog, an old ale that’s been brewed since 2007.
Boulevard Rye-on-Rye: Boulevard’s 11%-ABV rye ale is partly aged in Templeton Rye barrels; an excellent candidate for the cellar, though we can’t say we’ve ever aged a rye beer before. (Have you? Any thoughts?) Particularly noteworthy is the fact that this beer—part of the brewery’s Smokestack Series—won’t be available again until 2014.
Shmaltz He’Brew Funky Jewbelation: How’d they even get all of this information onto one label? Here’s the breakdown: This bottle’s a blend of 6 beers: 3-month-old Jewbelation Fifteen, a vintage Jewbelation that aged 9 months, a one-month-old Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA, a 14-month-old Origin, 2011 Reunion Ale aged 7 months, and Messiah, aged 14 months. The blend was then aged further, with 73 percent in rye whiskey barrels and 27% in bourbon barrels. The result is a 9.8%-ABV behemoth we plan to age for at least a couple years.
Side note: We love that brewers are helping us cellarfolk keep track of dates and such. Smuttynose’s bottle has a notch spot for the bottling year (see right), while Boulevard’s has a batch number and “best by” date in addition to the bottle number (ours is 13050) on the front label. It’d be even cooler if brewers did like Shmaltz and indicated the bottling date and batch or bottle number—on every beer, particularly those that are aged before their release. A cellar rat can dream…