Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has announced that it will officially release Grand Crew, a red wine barrel-aged Belgian Amber ‘Grand Cru’, in July as its first new Uncharted Waters Series beer of 2018.
Developed to serve as Heavy Seas’ Grand Cru (a wine term typically applied to an offering of superior grade or quality), Grand Crew is a Belgian-style Amber Ale that has been “brewed with six different Belgian malts, light- and amber- candi syrup (which helps provide the lighter mouthfeel), and a Belgian yeast blend of three different attenuative strains.” Since all Uncharted Waters beers are influenced by barrels/wood, this offering was then sent to age for eight months in Pinot Noir barrels. This treatment ultimately produced a sophisticated, 8.5% ABV Grand Crew that supplies its drinker with “subtle hints of dark fruit and oak entwined with the toasty, biscuity, spicy Belgian character, while also providing vinous, grape, and earthy aromas.”
Grand Crew will officially become available in July 2018 and will hang around as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Grand Crew from Heavy Seas Beer
Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series, July 2018
Style – Belgian-style Amber Ale
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 30
Treatment – Aged for eight months in Pinot Noir barrels
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Fun Fact – On packaging changes – “For 2018, all ‘Uncharted Waters’ Series beers will now be available in 4 packs of 12oz bottles, no longer 22oz.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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