The Alabama Brewers Guild has officially announced that it will soon hit the Alabama craft beer community with the fourth release in its Capital Series, Duffie’s Tavern Strong Ale.
The Capital Series is a line of annually released collaboration beers brewed by members of the Alabama Brewers Guild “to bring attention to Alabama’s 200th year of statehood, and to promote local historical and preservation organizations.” Each year’s release is specifically designed to honor and celebrate one of Alabama’s five historic capitals. Previous limited releases in the Capital Series include 2015’s “St. Stephens Stout, paying homage to the territorial capital of Alabama”; 2016’s Badlun Brothers Imperial Porter, named for the men that established Alabama’s first brewery in Huntsville “during the year it served as the temporary capital and Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state”; and 2017’s Mulberry Road Belgian-style Dubbel, brewed to recognize Cahawba as the first permanent capital of the State of Alabama from 1820-1826 and “inspired by the stately mulberry trees lining the streets of the scenic town of Old Cahawba.”
Duffie’s Tavern Strong Ale is the 2018 installment in the Capital Series and has been brewed to recognize Tuscaloosa, which served as Alabama’s capital from 1826 to 1846. The beer’s name – chosen after a meeting with the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society – is a nod to the Old Tavern (a.k.a. Duffie’s Tavern), “a historic stagecoach inn and political headquarters during Tuscaloosa’s capital days” and presently a museum located near the city’s Capitol Park.
As far as the actual beer goes, Duffie’s Tavern is a take on “old English ales of the mid-nineteenth century.” Deep red-orange in color, this “bold and warm” Strong Ale boasts “hints of toffee and dried fruits on the nose, . . . a classic earthy hop presence throughout, . . . [a] rich malt sweetness and a semi-dry, lingering crisp and bitter finish.”
Duffie’s Tavern Strong Ale was created with the assistance of the following sponsors “who provided services, products, and expertise to help [the Alabama Brewers Guild] develop a great beer with authentic flavors”: White Labs, Country Malt Group, Dalton Box, Resource Label Group, Hopsteiner, and Iron Heart Canning Co.
12 oz. cans of Duffie’s Tavern Strong Ale will be hitting shelves any day now and “a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer will benefit the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.” You can expect to find this Limited Release at select craft beer establishments located throughout the state of Alabama. Prost!