Amsterdam Adventure Brews - Sleeping Giant Barley Wine
Some of you reading might remember this blog post we did back in early April about a barley wine our brewer Iain (@_murdoch) and Eric Ecclestone of the Biergotter Homebrew Club brewed and aged in fresh whiskey barrels from the Jack Daniel Distillery. Well, the time has come. This beer is bottled and hitting our retail store shelves today - Tuesday August 14, 2012. Named ‘Sleeping Giant Barley Wine’, it is the first of many single barrel releases from the Amsterdam Adventure Brews Series. Brewed with an abundance of English malts, this big beer (10.7% ABV) is very smooth and easy going, like the name, but its warm finish reminds you not to wake the sleeping giant within.
Available only at our brewery retail store at 21 Bathurst St. and in limited quantities. $5.95 per 500mL bottle.
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What Brews Are Made Of.
A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to do a pilot brew with award winning homebrewer Eric Ecclestone of the Biergotter Homebrew Club. Amsterdam brewer Iain and Eric spent some time maxing out the mash tun on our new pilot system to create a Barley Wine that will be available in 4 to 6 months. This isn’t a regular, run-of-the-mill Barley Wine though – this brew is 10% and Barrel Aged in FRESH whiskey barrels direct from the Jack D. distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. In addition to that, the beer was made with completely British ingredients and is heavy on the malts with very light hopping. Before the barrel, the Barley Wine is smooth with lots of fruit notes. Iain and Eric are looking to get some oak and whiskey characters from the barrel to develop the beer into its intended finished product and impart uniqueness to this traditionally British style of beer.
An all English ingredient beer, aged in American barrels, served for the first time on Canadian soil. We better get the diplomats out to this release. Very excited.
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