(OR / WA) Coming Soon, Nectar Black Xantus

    Information has been posted that soon (pending release of mid-October but that date can change) you will be able to sample the next beer in the Nectar Ales series. Nectar Ales was first conceived in 1987 and is distributed by Firestone Walker.

“Under the founding slogan “All Natural Ales,” the beers of Nectar Ales are brewed with all-natural ingredients, including the finest hops and malted barley. At all points in the brewing process, careful attention is paid to craft ales of extraordinary flavor, character and pure naturalness —the achievement of great taste.” source, Nectar Ales’ website bio

     This is the first beer in many years and no doubt continues awareness from this award winning portfolio.

image courtesy of nectarales.com

“A New Beer From Nectar Ales

Black Xantus Is First New Beer From Nectar In Years

Paso Robles, CA, August 13, 2009 – Firestone Walker Brewing Company, brewers of Nectar Ales, announced their first ever specialty, limited release Nectar beer .  Black Xantus, a bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout infused with coffee, will be available in October of this year and marks the first new beer from Nectar in years.

The name “Black Xantus” comes from a rare hummingbird species found in Mexico.  It pays homage to the hummingbird icon that has signified Nectar Ales for over 20 year. 

“Holy hummingbirds, this beer is amazing,” said Brewmaster Matthew Brynildson.  “We are so excited to be able to brew a beer of this caliber and with so much character,” he added.

Black Xantus will definitely be an “odd bird” with chocolate, espresso, bourbon aromas and flavors and over 10% alcohol by volume, a slight departure from the session beers that Nectar has been known for.  Local Paso Robles area coffee roaster, Jobella, was sourced to provide the organic, fair-trade coffee infused into this special brew.

Black Xantus will be available beginning October 1 in 22 ounce bottles in select markets where Nectar Ales are currently sold. Only 500 cases of this unique brew will be produced.  Bottles are expected to retail for around $15 each.        image courtesy of Firestone Walker Brewing

First brewed in 1987 in Arcata, California, Nectar Ales is one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement in the U.S.  First brewed by Humboldt Brewing Company, Nectar Ales were brewed under contract by Firestone until the brand was purchased in 2004 by Firestone Walker Brewing Company.  Nectar Ales was named “Mid-Size Brewing Company of The Year” at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival.”

     Additional beers from Nectar include; Red Nectar, Nectar IPA, & Hemp Ale. Look for the bottle with the hummingbird on shelves in Washington and Oregon in limited quantities hopefully around mid-October.


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