**Release Cancelled** Back Forty Beer Plans Inauguration Day Release of Mandarin Chief

mandarin_chief_can_NO_BACKGROUND.pngBack Forty Beer Company (Gadsden, Alabama) recently announced that they will officially release Mandarin Chief Imperial Black IPA on Friday, January 20.

**UPDATE 1.20.17**  Back Forty has made the following announcement concerning the cancellation of the release of Mandarin Chief Imperial Black IPA:

“MANDARIN CHIEF UPDATE (hint: its not ready): It turns out that #makingcraftbeergreatagain takes a lot of time and attention to detail. So we have to let you guys know that The Mandarin Chief will not be available tomorrow (January 20) night for our inauguration party. But because you guys have been asking here’s what we will do. For the next 24 hours…anyone who buys one of our limited edition The Mandarin Chief t shirts (either here in person or online) will receive a limited time voucher for a chance to purchase the first run of The Mandarin Chief here at Back Forty. For more details email brad@backfortybeer.com. Cheers!”  **UPDATE 1.20.17**

In an effort to make craft beer great again, Back Forty Beer Company will recognize Inauguration Day 2017 with the debut of Mandarin Chief.  Brewed with mandarin oranges, this Imperial Black India Pale Ale has come forward to be “a brand new beer for a brave new world.”  Weighing in at a YUGE 11% ABV and 70 IBUs, Mandarin Chief has unabashedly declared itself the perfect beer choice for either celebrating or condemning the swearing in of the 45th President of the United States.

“If our calculations are correct this is going to be the most terrific beer ever served, trust us, people that know beer, and we’ve talked to the top people, they love this beer.”

– Back Forty Beer Company

Mandarin Chief absolutely has a plan in place for its launch, but the exact details of that plan have yet to be released.  What we do know is that Back Forty will hold a release event/Inauguration Day Watch Party for Mandarin Chief Imperial Black IPA beginning at 8 a.m. on January 20, 2017.  “Initially available in the Tap Room only”, this offering will be available on draft and in 12 oz. cans.  The “initially” portion of that quote leads us to believe this brew will eventually see some sort of distribution, but that’s totally up to the Mandarin Chief. We will absolutely provide you with updates on this release once that information becomes available.  Stay tuned, Murica.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mandarin Chief Imperial Black IPA from Back Forty Beer Company

Release – Limited, Tap Room Release on January 20, 2017
Style – Imperial Black India Pale Ale/Cascadian Dark Ale
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 70
Added Ingredients – Mandarin oranges
Availability – Draft & 12 oz. cans (Tap Room only initially)
Official Twitter Account – @MandarinChief
Schwag Alert! – The brewery has Mandarin Chief t-shirts currently available for purchase on their website (click here to check them out)

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Back Forty Beer Company Partners with World Food Championships

back-forty-beer-feature-box-v1aWorld Food Championships (Orange Beach, Alabama) recently announced that they have teamed up with Back Forty Beer Company (Gadsden, Alabama) to make their products the official beer of the event.

If you have followed Back Forty Beer Company at all since it entered the craft beer scene in 2009, it should be absolutely no surprise that the brewery has always had a close connection with all things culinary.  Whether it was with beer dinners at local restaurants, pig roasts in the parking lot, hosting food celebrations like the Front Porch Festival or collaborating with chefs on special release brews meant especially for food pairing, Back Forty has consistently and openly expressed its love for food and its relation to craft beer.  As the brewery grew, so did its commitment to this idea.  The brewery is now home to the Test Kitchen restaurant (open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Sunday Brunch) and they are constantly hosting Pop-Up Craft Beer Dinners on-site to educate their guests on the beautiful accompaniment beer can be with the finest of foods.

“Food has come to define our company and our market. We were foodies before we were brewers,” Jason Wilson of Back Forty explains. “Chefs, brewers, architects – we’re all the same. We’re craftsmen at the heart. We care so much about our product.”

The latest development in their culinary journey has Back Forty Beer Company partnering with World Food Championships, “the largest competition in food sport, where champions of previous events convene for a chance at winning the ultimate food crown and a share of $300,000.”  The 2016 World Food Championships will be held in Orange Beach, Alabama and feature a packed event schedule spanning the dates of November 9 through November 15 (click here to see the full 2016 schedule).  Back Forty Beer Company offerings – including the brewery flagship Naked Pig Pale Ale – will “be involved in numerous events at World Food Championships, including vending on-site, VIP events, and Bourb’N’Que.”

“We’ve been watching the craft beer market for several years now, in hopes of finding an ideal partner that will enable us to create super food pairings for competitors and an unforgettable craft beer garden for consumers,” commented Mike McCloud, CEO of the World Food Championships. “We strongly believe that Back Forty is going to be that ideal partner, especially considering their long-standing connection to all things food.”

If you happen to be in the Orange Beach area during the event dates of November 9-15 and are looking for something fun to get into, tickets are still available for several events in the World Food Championships (click here to secure them).  While at the event, be sure to order up a fine Back Forty Beer Company brew to explore the wonderful world of craft beer and food pairing.  Prost!