Admittedly this writer is mentioning a beer that is more than likely gone from the shelves. But hey you can’t blame us for at least amplifying the word out there.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company announced the release of its barley wine, Abacus, in bottles today. This limited one-time release will be available in markets where Firestone beers are currently sold beginning mid March.
Abacus has long been a component of Firestone’s anniversary beers. These anniversary beers are a blend of barrel-aged beers released one time each year in very limited quantities. Over the past few years the individual component beers have been available on draft only and have generated quite a cult following. Abacus garners a 99 out of 100 on ratebeer.com and is listed in Beer Advocates top beers.
This complex rich high alcohol beer has been aged in 20-year-old Heaven’s Hill Bourbon Barrels to make this beer one of Firestone Walker’s greatest beers to date. And Firestone’s Brewmaster, Matt Brynildson, agrees.
“Abacus is the most elegant of the beers that we produce in our barrel-aged program,” Brynildson said. “This New World barley wine brings together some of the very best elements of the wine, spirits and brewing world. 14 months in barrel results in amazing flavor development and integration. The Abacus project has been 5 years in the making and the brewing team and I and incredibly excited to finally share this beer in a bottle format with our fans.”
As always if you don’t find it on the shelves or on draft ask your server get some!
About Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Established in 1996 on California’s Central Coast, Firestone Walker a regional brewery committed to making the world’s best pale ales, Firestone Walker remains the only American brewery to ferment beer in a union of oak barrels. Firestone Walker Brewing Company was named “Mid-Size Brewing Company of The Year” at the 2007 and 2003 Great American Beer Festivals and “Champion Brewery” for the category of Mid-Size Brewing Company at the 2010, 2006 and 2004 World Beer Cups.