Appointing a Lord of Misrule, the official in charge of Christmas revelries and the Feast of Fools, is a holiday-time peasant tradition that can be traced back to Roman times. A new lord is elected every year so must a new beer be brewed!
Having only recently celebrated Halloween, the McMenamin brothers couldn't restrain their excitement, to announce the pending release of Lord of Misrule.
Only available in December, this is probably one of the most sought-after beers from the brewery. This is mostly because the beer was only available at their Edgefield location. In addition to geographical-exclusivity, the beer tasted differently with each batch. Then again, the brewery was next to the McMenamin Distillery. So maybe a little barrel-aging had something to do with why this beer is so memorable to its fans.
Like previous years, the brewed style will be a one-off. In previous years the brewery has produced an Imperial Irish Coffee Stout, an Imperial Hazelnut Porter, and an Imperial Mexican Mocha Stout.
For 2017, the brewery is happy to confirm they will be releasing an Imperial Breakfast Sout, aged in Hogshead Whiskey barrels, and blended with barrel-aged organic maple syrup. Think of it as a beer with notes of coffee and oats, complimented with a smoothness that's further enhanced by aging in oak barrels.
Brewery notes of previous years of McMenamins Lord of Misrule
- 2017: Imperial Breakfast Stout Brewed with Oats, Kilned Coffee Malt, Lactose and Organic Maple Syrup. Aged in Hogshead Whiskey barrels and blended with Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
- 2016: Imperial Irish Coffee Stout Brewed with Dark Brown Sugar, Lactose, Cocoa Nibs and Coffee Malt. Aged in Devil’s Bit barrels and blended with Cold Brew Coffee on the finish.
- 2015: Imperial Hazelnut Porter Brewed with Toasted Hazelnuts and barrel-aged with Black Mission Figs and house made Hazelnut Extract.
- 2014: Imperial Mexican Mocha Stout Brewed with Kilned Coffee Malt, Habanero, Lactose, Cocoa Nibs and barrel-aged in rum and whiskey barrels on Cinnamon Sticks, Jalapeno and Serrano Peppers.
Lord of Misrule is slated for a December 1st release at Edgefield and their 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop. In addition to bottle releases, this beer will be on on-draft at both locations.