Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that the 2019 vintage of Santa’s Private Reserve Strong Ale will be coming to town in November.
Released each Holiday Season with a new gift added to the recipe each year, the 2019 Santa’s Private Reserve is a Strong Ale uniquely brewed with candy cap mushrooms – “a highly-prized, edible, maple-flavored fungi.” If you happen to be unfamiliar with this magical ingredient, candy cap mushrooms “are one of the only sweet mushroom varieties and are commonly used in breads, cakes and custards.” Coming in at 8.1% ABV, Santa’s Private Reserve features “a deep maple flavor and aroma,” honey notes from the chosen malts, and “a touch of citrus from Rogue Farms grown Cascade hops.”
“Santa recently paid us a visit at our Newport, Oregon headquarters and brought along freshly foraged candy cap mushrooms,” said Rogue Innovation Brewer Michael King. “We, being curious, decided to try our hand at a mushroom beer. The result: a deliciously sweet, strong ale that is certain to bring the holiday cheer.”
“People say that Santa Claus loves milk and cookies, but we heard from Santa himself that after tasting Santa’s Private Reserve, he is actually a bigger fan of beer and cookies,” adds King. “Santa told us that this festive beer hits the spot during his busiest time of year.”
This year’s batch of Santa’s Private Reserve is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Santa’s Private Reserve (2019) from Rogue Ales
Release – Limited; November 2019
Style – Strong Ale
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 20
Malts – 2 Row, Munich, Brumalt, C-40 & DextraPils
Hops – Rogue Farms Grown Cascade
Yeast – Pacman Yeast
Added Ingredients – Belgian Candi Sugar & Candy Cap Mushrooms
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/