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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Boulevard to Release Love Child #2

After years of whispers, rumors, and speculation Boulevard's Love Child Series is finally going public with bottles of Love Child #2 scheduled to start hitting Kansas City shelves next Tuesday, June 19th.  I think this is a huge day for Boulevard and for Kansas City.  In my mind, the Love Child Series fills perhaps the only hole in one of the deepest, most dynamic brand portfolios in craft beer.

In the beginning, Boulevard's beers were primarily the approachable sort of beer styles ideal for introducing mainstream beer drinkers to the wonders of the craft beer alternative.  Brands like Unfiltered Wheat and Pale Ale helped build the craft beer market not only in Kansas City, but throughout the Midwest.  We may take Boulevard's heritage brands for granted today, but 23 years ago they were revolutionary and we shouldn't forget that.  But as the craft beer industry matured and our palates developed, we wanted more and Boulevard delivered, creating the Smokestack Series to introduce more aggressive, cutting edge beers to its portfolio.  Then Single Wide IPA and Pilsner and Amber Ale and the Collaborations and an expanded 12pk selection and the Smokestack Seasonals and Limited Releases came around and Boulevard's lineup exploded.  But there was just one thing missing.  An increasing number of Midwestern beers drinkers were simultaneously discovering the glorious world of sour beers and the frustration that comes with getting your hands on them.  And then, as if on cue, we started hearing about Boulevard's experiments with sour beers.  Well, now they're here and I couldn't be more excited.  Let's hope the reaction to this beer is so overwhelmingly positive that it not only convinces Boulevard to expand its sour program, but to also give Two Jokers another chance (maybe market it as a sour beer?).  #TeamTwoJokers  @TwoJokers

Like other Boulevard beers, the Love Child Series has spent a long time in the testing phase, but with Love Child #2 Boulevard finally has the enough volume to share Love Child with the general public.  The first batch of Love Child, Love Child #1, produced less than 1000 bottles worth of beer.  Understandably, the brewery wanted to wait until they had a larger batch to officially kick off the series so Love Child #1 was judiciously shared at beer festivals and other industry events.  Love Child #2 may be a larger batch, but this is a barrel aged beer and a sour beer at that, so bottles will not last long despite a shelf price that figures to be around $20 per bottle.  If your regular store didn't get any Saison Brett last week, odds are they won't get any Love Child #2 next week.  This limited release will be reserved for Boulevard's top accounts for Smokestack beer sales, but if you are reading this blog odds are those are the stores you're already shopping at anyway.

For more details on Love Child #2, I'm going to share a quote from Steven Pauwels I blatantly stole from a post on Beer Advocate:

"Love Child #2 is a blend of sour beer aged in oak barrels and sour beer aged in stainless [steal]. We used 41 barrels (the majority were wine barrels but used whiskey and port barrels were also part of the blend) with a range of different base beers aged for 16 to 57 months. The sour beer in stainless is a beer called 'red' that is specifically brewed for the Love Child beers. Our brewers spend a Saturday afternoon tasting all the barrels to come up with the blend for Love Child #2. The beer in a bottle of Love Child #2 is on average two years old by now. We currently have close to 100 barrels and a stainless tank waiting for the next version. Barrels get tasted on a regular basis and when we have another series of barrels ready we hope to release the next Love Child. It is not our goal to make the Love Child beers the same every time but to make the best blend of what we have available. Love Child beers will change with aging. I recommend drinking the beer now as I believe that the flavor blend is now at its peak." - emphasis my own

It looks like the hype-masters from Boulevard's massive marketing department had some fun writing the copy for Love Child, you can read their description here:


The Love Child Series
Drawn by an attraction that would not be denied, malted barley and hops danced a hot zymurgy tango in our cozy little brew kettle. As their passion fermented, they were overcome by the seductive lure of bourbon barrels until finally…well, good taste prevents us from going further, but the evidence is plain: a Love Child was born. Luckily for us, the relationship eventually soured, and we were left with these rare, remarkable beers.

Boulevard's Love Child Series of "wild" ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces. These wayward offspring can prove so complex that we employ gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour, and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released. It will change as it ages, but don't we all?

Love Child No. 2
Sour characteristics come to the fore in this release, foreshadowed by the tart, winey aroma. Notes of cherry, chocolate, olive brine, and leather give way to a subtle hint of funk and a dry, clean finish. ABV will be 9.6%


As if this post wasn't long enough, I do have some other Boulevard updates to mention:  Zon, Boulevard's Summer Seasonal and Single Wide IPA 12pks are both now available.  Long Strange Tripel 4pks complete with an updated label should be coming soon, but no date has been set.  Collaboration #3 is tentatively scheduled for late July, 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat 6pks are slotted for early August with Reverb Imperial Pilsner due in mid August.  These are just estimates, but at least it gives you some idea when to expect these new products to arrive.  Cheers!

  

31 comments:

  1. great info. What style is the #3 going to be this go around? Would love to have the White IPA again..

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  2. #3 will be an English style Stingo:

    http://draftmag.com/beereditor/pretty-things-road-trip-to-boulevard/

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  3. I've already bought Love Child #2 in two different cities. One last week, another this. Kansas City's release is only two weeks late, or by the Central States timetable, right on time.

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  4. Yup, I was in Manhattan last weekend, decided to pick up some Tallgrass, and what do you know, a rack full of Saison Brett and Love Child. I was happy, my wallet was sad.

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  5. I'm so freakin excited for this! I just started getting into sours, so just in time it seems.

    Anyone know if this will be a limited release once-a-year kind of thing or will it be semi-annual, or more constant like the smokestacks? The article didn't mention for sure, but I got the feeling that it wouldn't be a small limited annual release, but also didn't seem constant...

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  6. It will be a "released when its ready" type offering from what im getting. So basically a limited. I Love the Love Child no.1 and also No.2, its great!

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  7. Why are you all freckin out about a beer that you have no clue if it's going to be good. "Because its boulevard" Sours are tough beers. I have been drinking sours for many years it will not come clues to a Russian river. Or true Flemish or Flanders

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  8. Wait sorry what about cascade, new Belgium, avery, bruery and lost abbey!!!!

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  9. Looking for a White IPA... Deschutes Chainbreaker with be hitting the KC market in late June/early July. It will be draft only at first.

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  10. To anyone still looking for BLVD Collab White IPA, you can find it at Polley's Liquor in Tonganoxie, 10 minutes West of I-70 down State Ave, next door to the Cenex gas station.

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  11. Why would you assume that a beer that "you have no clue" about "will not come close to a russian river?" Seems kind of hypocrytical to criticize people for being excited about it. RR sours are excellent, but i am excited to see a more local brewery throw their hat in the wild beer ring.

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  12. If nothing else, Boulevard is always true to style. I'm sure this will be a well thought out, well executed, and delicious brew.

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  13. New glarus ... new glarus... new glarus ...mmmm

    Wisconsin Belgian Red
    nuff said... people seem to forget about these guys cause you can only get them in the state.

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  14. I was able to get a bottle of Love Child #1 from a friend and it was absolutely delicious. It was a batch of their BBQ that accidentally became contaminated. Boulevard just rolled with it and they ended up doing a really good job. As far as a RR comparison goes, it was such a unique sour that RR has nothing comparable.

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  15. "In my mind, the Love Child Series fills perhaps the only hole in one of the deepest, most dynamic brand portfolios in craft beer."

    No, the biggest hole in Boulevard's line up of beers is a good every day stout. How can you say they have one of the deepest and most dynamic portfolios in craft beer? If you are like me and don't care for ales and more specifically pale ales, Boulevard's selection is pretty limited. The Dark Truth Stout is ok for special occasions but the flavor is too strong and it is too expensive to be a regular drinker. So if anybody from Boulevard reads this please fill the huge void that exists in your lineup of beers, give us an everyday stout that is easy drinking and not drowned with hops.

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  16. They had that stout...they still do...on tap

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  17. And a stout is an ale ... just saying

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  18. I heartily endorse the comments above pining for a return of Collaboration #2, and the White IPA.
    The rumor above that Deschutes' Chainbreaker White IPA might be arriving in KC later this summer is great news, but I'd love to be able to drink a hometown version!

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  19. http://www.boulevard.com/beers/about-our-beers/

    ...pretty large, diverse portfolio ... and only 7 maybe could be called hoppy...

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  20. Dry Stout is still available on tap. Boulevard brews for flavor for most of their beers, not necessarily to style. Sours are unique to their home breweries and is part of their beauty.

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  21. Anyone got tips on where I can buy Love Child No. 2? I tried it at one of the Brewmaster's Lunches and it was fantastic. I've been waiting ever since, but not sure where to find it. I've tried all the stores I normally shop at and no luck yet. Help a girl out!

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    1. Royal Liquor on 103rd just East of State Line....just got mine there.

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  22. Brookside Market had them out this morning, limit 1 but no secret lists, handshakes, or winks required...good luck

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  23. I just picked up two bottles at Sunfresh on Southwest Trafficway in Westport, there were a bunch left as of 12:30PM 6/19/12. Good luck Slamb.

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  24. Tipsy's in Mission, KS has a limit of 2 but they were rumored to have received the most cases (or secondmost cases) - 13 I think. About $19 per bottle.

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  25. Gomers in Kansas has it for $17.49

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  26. Missie's Discount Liquor.. I picked up 3 bottles last night for about $17 a bottle...

    11938 Shawnee Mission Parkway Shawnee, KS 66216

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  27. Sorry, but I just don't get it. What is so wonderful about flat sour beer? My wife said it tastes like flat beer mixed with flat brut champagne with a hint of vinegar, and for around $18 (includes sin tax) a bottle, I expected much more. Thank God I bought a 12 pack of Pilsner to cleanse my palate.

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  28. Thank you last anonymous someone finally making a commit on the beer instead of where they can or can't find it. See " boulevard" can't make ever beer the best it takes a lot to make a sour. They make good ones but can't win all the time. This beer was over rated

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  29. Had this over the weekend and it was my first sour beer. I wasn't actually expecting it to be sour either, so I was totally caught off guard with the first sip. I thought it was horrible, and if this is good indication of what sour beers are like then I'm not interested in the genre. It tasted like fruity rancid vinegar, and each sip (yes, I kept drinking it to see if it would evolve or my opinion would change) got progressively worse (or stronger, if you like the sound of what I'm describing). It sort of tasted like a aloholized strawberry kombucha with extra vinegar. If you dig the kombucha thing and have a strong stomach for sour beers this might worth a shot, otherwise stay far away.

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