Winter Bock from Kansas City Bier Co
All the hard work definitely paid off though. Even at 8%, the alcohol in the beer is barely perceptible, with only a nice warming feeling after drinking a bit. The long lagering also gave the beer a super smooth, crisp, and clean character.
It's got a lot of refined Munich malt character on the nose, with subtle caramel, toffee, and chocolate aromas from the crystal and carafa malts. The malt flavor and sweetness is moderately high, but well balanced by a good dose of hops for the style. The beer is also really well attenuated and definitely doesn't have that overly sweet, cloying character that I dislike about a lot of doppelbocks.
They're releasing the beer metro-wide on November 24 at select bars, and they'll have it first in their tap room on November 25. They're also hosting a tap takeover at Rock & Run for those of you in the northland on the 25th. They're bringing their Dunkel, Hefeweizen, Maibock, Hopfen Doof & Winterbock to that event.
In other news from KC Bier Co, they're going to start offering tours of the brewery on Saturdays starting Nov. 29. The tours will be given on a first come first served basis, and cost $10 per person. For the price, you'll get a KCBC glass to keep, a full pint pour, and several tasters throughout the tour.
Owd Mac's from Free State
Free State has been brewing their Owd Mac's imperial stout for a number of years now, but will be releasing it in bottles for the first time ever this year! This is awesome news, since it is one of their best beers, but at 10%+ abv, it's hard to make a road trip to Lawrence to get a snifter or two at the brew pub and then drive home.
|Owd Mac's will be on sale at the production|
brewery this Saturday from 11a-2p
The beer is 12.3% abv this year, with an amazingly high starting gravity of 26.5ºP/1.106 SG. Even with this starting gravity, the beer is super well attenuated and well hopped, so it isn't left with a syrupy cloying aftertaste. To keep the yeasties alive and get over 80% attenuation out of a beer with that high of a starting gravity is a feat in itself.
After they brewed the beer, they let it age for two full years in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels. So in addition to the roast, chocolate, coffee, caramel and hop flavors and aromas from the brewing and fermentation, you get the added flavors from the barrel of vanilla, rye whisky, and oak. Add to this some extra plum, apricot, toffee, and sherry flavors from the long aging and oxidation of melanoidins, and you've got one complex beer. The bottles are going to be wax dipped, so they'll be perfect for aging also.
Individuals can purchase up to 4 Owd Mac's bottles at $15/bottle. You'll also be able to buy Free State merchandise and pints of a variety of other Free State beers. You can explore the Free State facility, and brewers will be on hand to answer questions. And it goes without saying, but with the brewery only producing 60 cases of the stuff, the supplies are very limited. You should probably think about getting there closer to 11am if you really want some.