Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) informed their fans today that they will be celebrating 21 years of brewing with the December release of 21 Anniversary Ale.
As the latest offering from the Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters series and a newly incarnated anniversary beer release, 21 Anniversary Ale celebrates this impressive brewing milestone as an Imperial Rye Extra Special Bitter aged in Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey barrels. The recipe lays a foundation boasting “imported UK Marris Otter malt, Crystal Rye malt, local Domino brown sugar, and a blend of spicy, herbaceous British and American hops.” Once the brewing process is completed, 21 will then be aged for sixty days in those locally sourced Sagamore Spirit barrels to further support the rye notes featured in this ESB. The finished beer weighs in at 10.5% ABV and 65 IBUs.
“We wanted to create a synergy between the Rye Whiskey Barrels, the beer, and the consumer, taking him or her on a sensory journey. By incorporating ingredients that mirror and accentuate the flavors of the Whiskey that aged in the barrels first, we’ve developed a beer that speaks to the soul of the Rye fan while satisfying the Heavy Seas enthusiast.”
– Christopher Leonard, Heavy Seas Brewmaster
21 Anniversary Ale officially launches in December as a limited release. Look for this offering in 22 oz. bottles at select craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, and throughout the Heavy Seas distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for 21 Anniversary Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
Availability – Limited, releasing in December
Style – Imperial Rye Extra Special Bitter (ESB) aged in rye whiskey barrels
ABV – 10.5%
IBUs – 65
Malts – Marris Otter Malt, Crystal Malt, Caramalt & CaraRye Malt
Hops – Chinook, UK Kent Goldings & UK Fuggle
Additional Ingredients – Brown Sugar
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