More beer we probably won’t be able to get our hands on. But it sure sounds tasty. Here’s the press release, straight from the fine folks at West Sixth Brewery:
Called “Nicholas County”, it’s a special edition West Sixth Christmas Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels
Lexington, KY – December 8th, 2014
West Sixth Brewing announced today the next bottle in its limited edition “West Sixth County Series” – Nicholas County.
A celebration of Christmas, Nicholas County is a small batch of West Sixth Christmas Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels for several months.
“The bourbon character really plays well with the spiced characteristics of the West Sixth Christmas Ale” said brewer Robin Sither.
“We think Santa Claus will make a lot of people happy this year by delivering some Nicholas County under the tree – after all, who doesn’t want beer for Christmas?” said founder Brady Barlow.
This beer is a celebration of a Kentucky Christmas. The base beer is our West Sixth Christmas Ale, a dark spiced ale with aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg and a sturdy malt backbone. We’ve aged this beer in a Kentucky Bourbon barrel, which imparts a vanilla and bourbon overtone to the already existing spice character. Strong and Warming, it weighs in around 11% ABV, which should keep you merry even in the coldest of Kentucky nights.
Availability of Nicholas County will be extremely limited – only 235 bottles will be available.
These beers will go on sale next Monday, December 15th, at 5pm. Bottles will be $15 and will be limited to one bottle per person since supplies are so limited.
As you probably already know, Michael Beckmann over at BoomBozz Taphouse in the Highlands is a guy who likes to have a good time. Not long after I started this blog, I was chatting with him and he told me about Kegs & Eggs, an annual event that basically gives everyone a good excuse to drink beer for breakfast.
But he intrigued me with stories of blending beers, and the new and wonderful creations they’d made at 8 in the morning. I asked him about that recently, and whether blending would be on tap this coming Saturday when Kegs & Eggs returns, and he said, “We’ll blend whatever you want!”
After two or three pints of high gravity craft beer, that could turn ugly. Or possibly even beautiful.
For this installment of Kegs & Eggs (which is actually a halfway point celebration, since the main event is an Oaks Day affair), Beckmann will tap Bluegrass Brewing Co.’s Bourbon Stout (8.5 percent ABV), Lexington’s Kentucky Bourbon Ale (8.2 percent), Schlafly’s Imperial Bourbon Stout (10.5 percent), and Founder’s Backwoods Bastard (10.2 percent). Beckmann pledges “relief” with Upland Brewing Company‘s Teddy Bear Kisses (10.2%) and Bell’s Brewery Expedition Stout (10.5%), among others. No bourbon barrel aging with those last two, sure, but they’ll still kick your ass. Eat as many eggs as you can to buffer, or you’ll end up blending Hopslam with prune juice and motor oil.
Speaking of which, Beckmann posted that omelet ingredients include fresh veggies like Portobello mushrooms and peppadew peppers, meats such as sausage, prosciutto ham and Carnitas, and specialty cheeses, all there to complement your tasty breakfast beverage.
Yep, that’s Nov. 23rd, Saturday at 8 a.m. Here’s the Facebook event, if you want more info.