Boulevard Brewing Co. Resurrects Rye on Rye

BoulevardRyeonRyeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that Rye on Rye will make a triumphant, limited return to the Smokestack Series in January.

First released in 2010, Rye on Rye was given a brief break from production back in 2015 so that Boulevard Brewing Co. could spend a couple years exploring experimental spin-offs such as Rye on Rye on Rye and Rye on Rye – Classic Sazerac Cocktail. Those beers were fantastic, but many beer fans were left longing for the original Templeton Rye barrel-aged version.  The folks at the brewery heard the calls asking for Rye on Rye’s return and are happy to report that it is officially ready for release this month.

To create this study in rye, Boulevard’s brewers start by brewing a “sturdy” base beer “composed of . . . two row base malt layered with German rye, English crystal rye, Cara 50 and Munich malt and then accented with brown sugar, dark brown sugar and dark candi syrup.”  After being hopped with Magnum, Citra and Styrian Golding hops and fermented with a Scottish Ale yeast, that beer is then transferred to “freshly emptied Templeton Rye barrels” so that it can age “from six to 18 months.”  Once the aging process is all said and done, “optimal barrels are selected and blended with 33% fresh beer to create a delicate balance between spicy, slightly boozy rye whiskey barrel characters and the base beer.”  Those that partake in the finished Rye on Rye can expect a warming (12% ABV), medium bodied experience characterized by notes of “spicy, fruity” rye malt, rye whiskey, vanilla, toffee, charred oak, caramel, and balancing hop tones that are “earthy, herbal, citrusy.”

Rye on Rye will first launch in the Kansas City area on January 8 and other regions will follow “in the coming weeks.”  Once it does hit wide distribution, you can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in areas that normally see Smokestack Series Limited Release beers from Boulevard Brewing Co.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rye on Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Smokestack Series, January 2018
Style – Rye Beer
ABV – 12%
IBUs – 33
Malts – 2-row, German Rye, English Crystal Rye, Cara 50 & Munich 
Hops – Magnum, Citra & Styrian Golding
Yeast – Scottish Ale Yeast
Added Ingredients – Brown sugar, dark brown sugar & dark candi syrup
Treatment – Aged in Templeton Rye barrels (for six to eighteen months) then blended with 33% fresh beer
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pastrami, salted caramel ice cream, jerk chicken, bread pudding, bold cigars”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
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Boulevard Brewing Company Releases Bottles of Rye on Rye on Rye

boulevardryeonryeonryeBoulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, Missouri) recently announced that bottles of Rye on Rye on Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Ale are available now for a limited time.

First released as a draft-only offering in 2016, Rye on Rye on Rye has returned as a Smokestack Series Limited Release – a series of “bold, complex ales [that] include both traditional styles and daring experiments, allowing [Boulevard] brewers to explore some of the more esoteric realms of their craft.”  Rye on Rye on Rye expands upon the legacy of the classic Rye on Rye by incorporating an additional step in the aging process. This offering begins as a “rich, tawny Rye Ale” that is then “aged in first-use rye whiskey barrels then transferred to yet another set of first-use rye whiskey barrels for a second aging, effectively resulting in “Rye on Rye on Rye.”  Weighing in at a sizable 14% ABV, Rye on Rye on Rye promises an experience loaded with caramel and distinct whiskey aromas and flavor notes of bread crust, caramel and toffee.

750 ml bottles of Rye on Rye on Rye are available now in the greater Kansas City area and this limited offering will soon become available in other select markets within Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution network.  The brewery hints that fans can expect to find Rye on Rye on Rye “in cities that typically see . . . Smokestack Series Limited Release beers like Saison Brett or Love Child blends.”  This applies to my readers in Alabama and Florida, so be on the lookout for this one in the coming weeks.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rye on Rye on Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Smokestack Series/Limited, February 2017
Style – Rye Ale
ABV – 14%
IBUs – 33
Treatment – Rye Ale aged in first-use rye whiskey barrels then transferred to yet another set of first-use rye whiskey barrels for a second aging
Availability – 750ml bottles
Recommended Glassware – Tulip
Suggest Pairings – Cuban cigars, pot roast, rich stews & salted caramel ice cream