Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

12% ABV | 375ml bottles & limited draft

Available Late-July 2013HPB_MED

This is a beer made with real pumpkins. We hand-roasted over 500lbs of heirloom pumpkins from La Tercera Farms in Bodega Bay. The caramelized gourds were then added to our velvety American Barleywine and aged in brandy barrels for a year. Finally, we blended the barrel-aged beer with freshly brewed ale and added a delicate hint of pumpkin pie spices to round out this decadent autumn sipper.

Farm to Barrel

Our Farm to Barrel beers highlight the tradition of aging beers in oak barrels.  This strong ale is aged in used brandy barrels for 12 months.  During this time the flavors of the barrel and beer merge, making something new.  As the barrel “breathes” it slowly imparts flavor of bourbon, oak and vanilla into the beer.  Inside our pumpkin infused barleywine slowly evolves, developing more complex flavors and aromas.  This slow process can’t be rushed.  We test the barrels every few months (perks of the job) and when we think it’s ready, the barrels are drained and blended with a fresh batch of delicately spiced barleywine .   The resulting beer can be aged for up to three years in the bottle, where the flavors will continue to blend and evolve.