Greenville’s Quest is getting in on the Mardi Gras festivities tonight and launching a new beer to aid in the revelry.
In their seemingly ceaseless campaign to create bigger and bolder versions of their beers – see: Imperial Doughnut Break, BBL Imperial Biscotti Break – Evil Twin has once again created another beast of a brew, this time taking their Even More Jesus imperial stout, dumping it in bourbon barrels and then blending the result.
Be still my heart.
On Saturday, March 15, Quest will release its first bottled offering: A bourbon barrel-aged version of its year-round Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout. The release will come in the form of 750 ml. bottles with a total of 450 bottles being released (limited to two per person) for $20 a pop. You can see the bottle artwork here. Quest’s Don Richardson and Andrew Watts – the rockstars that they are – will even autograph your bottle for you.
The release goes down at noon on the 15th.
Tuesday, Westbrook announced that they’re preparing to brew and package their increasingly popular Gose once again, with a planned April release. The announcement was made alongside a picture of 200,000 empty Gose cans waiting to be filled. (Ed. note: That’s my preorder alone. I’m going to need to build a walk-in cooler quickly.)
Since it made the transition from bottles to cans last year, Gose has skyrocketed in popularity. For a time, it was the top-ranked beer in its style on both BeerAdvocate and RateBeer, and Gose has popped up on numerous best-of lists during the past year. (I recall having an easier time finding bottles of Mexican Cake than cans of Gose when both were out last year.) Expect anticipation and excitement to rise in advance of its release a month from now.
As part of winning Stone‘s Most Arrogant Bar challenge (again), Barley‘s in Greenville has the privilege of once again hosting the Most Arrogant Bash, an insane Stone-centric tap takeover and party being held Wednesday, March 5. This year, Barley’s is offering drinkers the chance to have an intimate drinking session with the night’s special guest, Stone co-founder and President Steve Wagner.
In May 2011, COAST released Old Nuptial, a barleywine brewed to commemorate the wedding of the Charleston Beer Exchange‘s Scott Shor (who along with fellow CBX co-owner Rich Carley helped brewed the beer back in 2009). It was an 11% beer half aged in bourbon barrels for 18 months.
Since its release, the beer has grown to become a much-desired brew in SC beer circles and beyond. And this past weekend, COAST decided it was time to release more Old Nup upon the world.
Always the adventurous bunch – as their name would lead you to believe – Quest is hosting an event this Thursday, February 27, that should please (or possibly punish) fans of peppers, barrel aging and Quest’s own Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout alike.
Thursday is the Señor Kaldi Challenge at Quest. Four variants of Kaldi – all barrel-aged, all with different peppers added – will be tapped for the brave to try. Here’s the breakdown: