Columbia’s Conquest officially enters the barrel-aged beer game on Saturday, August 23 with the release of a version of its barleywine that’s been aging in Four Roses bourbon barrels since March.
Conquest has been working to build up a barrel program for some months, picking up a Pappy Van Winkle barrel courtesy Brewery 85 and a couple of Four Roses barrels as well. (Port barrels are reportedly on the way, as well as others.) Back in March, the brewery dumped its 10.25% Ophel’s Lowly barleywine – a big hit among Columbia drinkers – into one of the Four Roses barrels, where it’s been since.
The brewery is getting ready to move that beer into bottles for a release party on August 23. They’ll be releasing 200 bottles for $15 a pop and four per person, along with a keg on tap for those just wanting a sample. It’ll be the first brewery-only release since The Finisher dropped back in January.
Following that, Conquest will be dropping a few other barrel-aged releases throughout the year. A few barrel-aged variants of The Finisher should also pop up next January.