Apart from a range of year-round brews such as Ellie’s Brown Ale and Avery IPA, plus some fantastic seasonal beers including the subject of this piece, Old Jubilation, they brew a handful of speciality beer series such as The Holy Trinity (Hog Heaven Barley Wine, The Reverend Belgian style Quadrupel and Salvation Belgian style Golden Ale) and The Dictators (Maharaja Imperial IPA, The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest and The Czar Russian Imperial Stout).
And then there are The Demons of Ale, which are not to be approached lightly. Samael’s Ale is an oak-aged English Strong Ale which, if cellared for a few years becomes a syrupy sweet liquid that’s so good you could almost put it on your breakfast pancakes, but don’t plan on doing too much for the rest of the day since it weighs in at 14.5% ABV. Mephistopheles is a 16.8% ABV bittersweet Imperial Stout that’s loaded with high roast malt flavours of chocolate, espresso and liquorice, along with hints of cherry and raisin. And then there’s The Beast, a Belgian style Grand Cru Strong Dark Ale that most definitely benefits from, in the words of Monty Python, laying down and avoiding, at least for a few years to mellow out that 16.2% alcohol content.
I think it’s time to start planning a trip to Colorado.
Jim Hughes, Head Beer Nerd, Alamo South Lamar
“If I had all the money I’ve spent on drink… I’d spend it on drink.” ~ Sir Henry Rawlinson