For those of you traveling from out of town for this event, we have a special treat from the blenders in store. This week’s Tap It Tuesday live from the barrel series at 6pm is LIVE: Cherry Bourbonic Plague. We took a six-month-old Bourbonic barrel and further aged it for 24 months on sour pie cherries. Aromas of dark, tart cherries, Bourbon and spices are noticed up front. Big, rich, dark cherries, dates, oak, leather and tobacco dance on the palate. Deep cherry notes, dark fruits and a warming Bourbon flavor finish this off as only the Bourbonic can. 10.2% ABV.
Bottle Update: Apricot 2011 & Strawberry 2011 have been released! Apricot is a blend of blond and triple ales that were aged in oak barrels for up to 12 months before aging on fresh apricots for an additional 10 months. Bottles sell for $18 and there is no limit. You can purchase them at the Barrel House, the Raccoon Lodge, and online.
Strawberry is a blend of wheat ales that were aged in oak barrels for up to 12 months before aging on strawberries for an additional three months. This is only available at the Barrel House & the Raccoon Lodge; sorry, no online sales, due to the very limited run. Bottles sell for $20 with a limit of 4 bottles per person.
Figaro bottles should be ready sometime in August – this was another very limited run, so no online sales for this one; it will only be available at the Barrel House, the Raccoon Lodge, and the City Beer Store in San Francisco. When we have the date, we’ll announce here and on Facebook/Twitter/Google+.
This has been a very busy week for us in the brewery, as we are currently processing the fruit for Apricot 2012 – never a dull moment at Cascade! Check out our Facebook page for some photos from the process.