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Hardywood First Anniversary Ale

Beer style: 
A Barrel Aged Blend of our Finest Milk Stout and Blackberry Ale

Custom blended by head brewer, Brian Nelson, Hardywood First Anniversary Ale celebrates the end of the brewery's first full year in business. This blend consists of three bourbon barrel aged beers, 40% 2011 imperial milk stout, 40% 2012 imperial milk stout, and 20% 2012 Virginia Blackberry, and offers rich yet mellow flavors of creamy chocolate, oaky vanilla and a hint of bramble berry. A wax-dipped bottle of this unpasteurized ale was exceptional at the time of bottling, but will continue to round out with months, or possibly even years of cellaring.

Strength (ABV): 
11.0 % ABV
Color (SRM): 
45 °L
Bitterness (IBU): 
46 IBUs
Late December, 2012
Next release date: 
Fri, 12/21/2012
First release date: 
December 2012
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Jim's picture

This looks like an interesting way to celebrate your one year anniversary. What a fantastic way to end the year by introducing a new ale. I’m quite excited about trying it out as I am a bit of an ale fan. I should really have found some funny 1st anniversary quotes at to go along with my comment. Anyway, congratulations to Brian and your staff, may your brewery’s future be long and fruitful. I certainly hope it will be.