The Finisher, Conquest Brewing Co.’s massive anniversary imperial stout, returns this month as the Columbia brewery readies to celebrate its second anniversary. And as with the inaugural 2014 release, the brewery is planning a day-long party to celebrate the beer’s release, which this year includes two bourbon barrel-aged variants.
The brewery-only release of the 17.5% imperial stout brewed with brown sugar and honey and fermented with champagne yeast will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, beginning at 11 AM. In 2014, the beer sold out in less than 45 minutes.
The release of the base stout will be limited to 400 bottles at $15 each, with the two barrel-aged versions – Four Roses and Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year – will come in at around 150 bottles each for $20 a piece. A charity raffle will be held for bottles of Coffee Finisher, a 20-bottle release of the beer treated with a special blend from local roaster Loveland Coffee.
A handful of new releases will be available in the taproom, including a barrel-aged version of their Medusa Stout aged in the Four Roses barrel that previously held their Ophel’s Lowly Barleywine. A new strong ale and winter warmer will also be available.
As with previous Conquest bottle releases, a bottle share will be held outside, live music will be on hand and a range of local food trucks will be setting up. For more details and to RSVP, visit the release’s event page.