image courtesy of Alaskan Brewing Co. As we have missed two previous opportunities to draw attention to another limited edition release from Alaskan Brewery, we didn’t want to miss another year to mention, Barley Wine.

From the same brewery that has given the Northwest Alaskan Amber, Smoked Porter, and Winter Ale, is happy to remind us about the return of their barley wine.

Originally released a couple of years ago, this limited release “Barley Wine” is coming back to the shelves and pints of thirsty appreciators. As with their other seasonal release (Smoked Porter), the folks of Alaskan Brewing Co. encourage the enthusiast to buy two bottles, one to enjoy with a friend in 2010, and the other potentially at the end of 2011.

Quality Assurance Analyst Darin Jensen has this to say about Barley Wine.

“Those that prefer a big, fresh and dynamic barley wine can enjoy it right away,” … “This is also a great cellaring beer that will gain deeper malt complexity and smoothness over time – a great one to collect for vertical tastings.”

If the above quote isn’t enough for you to seek this beer out, when it arrives in January, then consider the additional fun facts.

The balanced collaboration between hops, malt and alcohol in this beer showcase the barley wine style, earning Alaskan Barley Wine top honors at the West Coast’s premier Barley Wine competitions – Toronado (2007) and Hard Liver (2009) - and Bronze at the 2008 and 2010 World Beer Cups for both fresh and aged vintages.

This year, the Alaskan Brew Crew will be enjoying their Barley Wine in celebration of not only the New Year, but also the start of their 25th year in operation. While the first bottles of Alaskan Amber released in December 1986, the Brewery will be celebrating their 25 years of brewing Alaskan with special events throughout 2011, including the limited release of an Anniversary ale in the fall.

As previously stated, look for this beer to be on the shelves, in Idaho & Washington, starting in January 2011. As always, if you can’t find it on the shelf, ask your grocer, bottleshop, or alehouse (with beer-to-go) to order a case!

About Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Brewing Co. has been brewing award-winning beer in Juneau, Alaska, since 1986. The Alaskan Brew Crew bottles the unique character of the Last Frontier with historic recipes, local ingredients and glacier-fed water. Alaskan Brewing handcrafts Amber, Pale, White, IPA, Stout, Smoked Porter, Winter Ale, Summer Ale and a variety of limited edition beers in the Alaskan Pilot Series. Visit www.alaskanbeer.com.

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