Back in April, when we won Best in Show at the Carolinas Championship of Beers with our Brett Saison Obelisk II, we had a bit of an epiphany: We should do more with our barrels.
As it happens, we’ve had a lot of stuff aging for a while now, and all of it is starting to come around. On top of that, we just got a fresh new load of barrels in from our friends at Raffaldini, which means that we’ve got a whole lot more on its way. What does that mean to you? This:
It could be a Flanders Red, a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, or maybe one of our saisons aged in a fresh wine barrel. Regardless, we’ll be releasing one unrepeatable beer every quarter, each one named after a great author that we respect and admire.
The first in this series is, we’re calling Sophocles.
This fine brown ale was aged in oak – the same barrels that we aged Batch #1 in. It was fermented again in the barrel with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for 18 months before being bottled. The result is a soft round brett beer with acidic notes, light notes of cola, toffee, wood and the gentle vanilla butteriness of oak, as well as a lingering wisp of chocolate finish.
This beer will be released this Friday, May 30th and will be available at all of the fine bottle shops and stores that carry Mystery Brewing Company bottles, as well as our pub itself.