Ian over at Brouwer’s posted today that the second installment of the Brouwer’s Imagination Series, brewed by Lost Abbey, will be available in bottles at both Bottleworks and Brouwer’s tomorrow.
The first release in the Imagination Series was a saison w/ Brettanomyces that won a bronze medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup, and this second release is a dark sour ale that is a blend of three different beers:
34% ale brewed with honey, raisins and rosemary and aged in bourbon barrels
33% ale aged in bourbon barrels
33% ale with raisins and aged in wine barrels
It sounds like there is about 50 cases of bottles (to be split between Bottleworks and Brouwer’s, I would assume), as well as a few 5-gallon kegs (thanks to Beernews.org’s older post for the info).
I vaguely remember trying a preview of this beer at Brouwer’s Big Wood festival last month, but I don’t have any lasting memories of it at this point. You can check out the reviews on Ratebeer.com and Beeradvocate if you’re interested.
More details from Brouwer’s:
This Friday, January 22nd, the second edition of the Brouwer’s Imagination Series brewed by Lost Abbey, will finally be released. Yes this is the 2009 edition. There were a few hang ups with posting and label approval, but alas it has arrived. We will be selling bottles at both Brouwer’s Cafe and Bottleworks. Bottles will be $19.99 at Bottleworks with a 3 bottle limit and $24.00 at Brouwer’s Cafe (bottles of course must be enjoyed on premise).
The beer was blended last year after Bonney, Nat, and I went down to Stones sour beer fest. With afternoon packed with Sour Beers I can’t say that all three of us were in prime blending mode but the job got done. Tomme opened up the barrel room to us and we tried everything we could finally blending up a nice strong dark sour. Get some this Friday, bottle only at first, but we’ll be tapping some kegs soon enough.