It’s cold out there, so you’d better find a way to keep yourself warm, both inside and out. That’s why it’s a good thing that it’s also Barleywine season. Sitting by a roaring fire with good friends can be a good way to warm you up outside, but all the rich, luscious, high ABV Barleywines that start appearing this time of year are a great way to keep your insides warm as well.
Traditionally, American style Barleywines and English style Barleywines are a bit different from each other. American style Barleywines often put more emphasis on hop character than their English counterparts, but not always. English style Barleywines generally tend to have a richer, maltier character, often with a caramel like sweetness, and are usually a bit heavier in body.
If you’re more a a fan of English style Barleywines than American style, then Foggy Noggin Brewing in Bothell has an event coming up you might want to check out. Coming up this Friday, January 17th, Foggy Noggin is hosting a 6-year vertical tasting of their English style Barleywine: Duck’s Ass.
Here is some more information about this event from Foggy Noggin Brewing:
Friday – January 17th (6pm – 7:30pm)– Our fourth vertical tasting event featuring our English Barleywines. We have 6 years (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) of Duck’s Ass (English Barleywine) to taste. This big Barleywine weighs in at 11.2% ABV – 91 IBU. Brewed with 100% English grown floor malted barley, English grown hops and lots of dried fruits, this beer has a complex flavor profile and is perfect for taking on interesting aging characteristics.
This event is limited to 16 people – $60/each (21+) – must be prepaid in advance. This is sure to be a high demand event, so get your space reserved ASAP. Get your tickets here – https://squareup.com/store/foggy-noggin-brewing/item/foggy-noggin-barleywine-vertical-tasting
As noted above, this event is often quite popular and sells out quickly, so don’t delay. Get your tickets now at the link above and prepare your palate for 6 year of English Barleywine goodness from Foggy Noggin’s founder and head brewer: Jim Jamison. If you’ve never been to Foggy Noggin’s taproom before, be aware that it’s in a residential neighborhood, so please respect Foggy Noggin’s rules for parking and noise. Their taproom is both family and dog friendly.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.