Hot off the heels of our very first barrel aged release – Barrel Aged Javahorn – we are just days away from our next release.
The team over at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace have been big supports of us since day one, so when they asked to partner up to create something unique for their customers we were ecstatic! Gary’s had just received a single barrel’s contents of Mount Gay Spiced Rum, and offered us the barrel to concoct something fun.
Having done a number of different treatments to our beers in casks over our first few months in business, our minds went straight to Blackbeard’s Blackhorn. Using our flagship American Black Lager as a base, we added coconut and vanilla along with some oak spirals. With these casks, the beer typically only ages for a few days to a week before tapping, and the flavors imparted just over that short period were great. We knew with some time and patience, we could really have a fantastic beer utilizing the Mount Gay barrel.
Blackhorn spent almost a year to the day inside. An initial dose of coconut at filling lent a slight twang from the lactic acid in the coconut as the beer aged. A final addition of coconut closer to bottling lent itself to more prevalent aromatics and a touch of vanilla helped to round out the spicy, oak flavors imparted by the barrel.
Every last drop of Blackbeard’s Blackhorn has been hand bottled, hand labeled and numbered and wax sealed. The single barrel along with some greater losses due to the absorption from the coconut has us with 212 bottles that will be made available EXCLUSIVELY at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace on Saturday, November 1st.
- Gary’s Wine & Marketplace Wayne – 12pm to 1pm
- Gary’s Wine & Marketplace Madison – 2pm to 3pm
- Gary’s Wine & Marketplace Bernardsville – 3:30pm to 4:30pm
The team at Gary’s is deciding on how many bottles go to each location which we are not privy to. Our suggestion – COME EARLY!
Swing by and snag one of these fine, limited bottles. Bob will be on hand at each location talking about the beer and sampling a variety of our regular and seasonal offerings. We look forward to seeing you there!