Boulevard Brewing’s Saison Brett Makes Annual Return

Saison-Brett-Diamond-BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of its iconic Saison Brett on Monday, April 30.

Annually brewed since 2008 and one of the “most coveted beers” to come out of Boulevard’s Smokestack Series, Saison Brett starts life as an “assertively dry-hopped” version of the brewery’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.  To set it apart from its cousin, the brewers then inoculate Saison Brett with Champagne yeast and “brettanomyces bruxellensis in a bottling tank designated to holding funky/sour beers.”  After it is bottled and spends “12+ weeks in the bottle conditioning area”, the finished Saison Brett (8.5% ABV) emerges to treat its drinker to “suggestions of forest floor, earthy funk and tropical fruit that mingle with fruity Belgian yeast esters, peppery phenolic notes and citrusy hops.”  Saison Brett can be enjoyed fresh or it can be cellared to “allow the brettanomyces character to develop and intensify.”

This year’s batch of Saison Brett will officially debut in the Greater Kansas City Area on April 30 and expanded distribution will follow “in the coming weeks.”  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and other areas in Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint “that typically see Smokestack Series Limited Release beers like Rye on Rye on Rye and Love Child blends.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Saison Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; April 30, 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 38
Malts – Pale Malt & Malted Wheat
Hops – Magnum, Cascade, Amarillo, Calypso & Citra
Yeast – Primary fermentation with a house Belgian yeast strain; later inoculated with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis & Champagne yeast in a bottling tank
Suggested Food Pairings – “Washed rind cheeses; pasta with creamy mushroom sauce; spicy crab cakes with mango puree; saison steamed mussels with fennel, saffron & lemon; ginger lemon sorbet”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

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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
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Adjusts Packaging for Smokestack Series

hammerpress-brewery-posterBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that several of its most popular Smokestack Series beers will get an upgrade from 4-packs to 6-packs in the coming weeks.

The good folks at Boulevard Brewing Co. recently conducted a quiet market test and discovered that many of their fans would prefer to purchase the brewery’s more established Smokestack Series offerings in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles rather than the currently available 4-packs.  After running the numbers and talking it over with retailers, the brewery has agreed that the change just makes sense. The affected beers are as follows:

  • The Calling IPA – “The Calling is an undeniable IPA we were driven to make. It’s our tribute to like-minded dreamers, adventurous spirits, and glass half-full optimists. It’s also our most heavily hopped beer ever, bursting forth with unmistakable tropical fruit and pine hop aromas and flavor supported with a slightly sweet malt character, tapering to a crisp, dry finish. Heed your call and enjoy.”  ABV – 8.5%  IBUs – 75
  • Dark Truth Stout – “Throughout the ages, man has been fascinated by the quest for hidden knowledge, the search for the secret to transforming the elemental into the extraordinary, the simple into the sublime. Ladies and gentlemen, we present for your consideration this exotic, inky concoction, the almost magical creation of our modern day alchemists who have turned humble grains—barley, wheat, rye, and oats—into black, liquid gold. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, crème brulée. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish.”  ABV – 9.7%  IBUs – 60
  • The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale – “‘Do you know what dwells in a glass?’ asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass…”  ABV – 10.5%  IBUs – 22
  • Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale – “When our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in fermenter number seven. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.”  ABV – 8.5%  IBUs – 38

“We tested the idea in a few markets and confirmed our suspicion that consumers enjoy getting two more bottles of their favorite Smokestack beers for what ends up being a lower price per bottle,” said Bobby Dykstra, Boulevard’s vice president of sales. “It makes sense for our retail partners as well, aligning our portfolio from both pricing and space management perspectives.”

6-packs of The Calling IPA, Dark Truth Stout, The Sixth Glass and Tank 7 will begin rolling out in October, and the brewery expects that these “Smokestack Series six-packs will generally carry the same retail price as four-packs of its year-round barrel-aged beers, Bourbon Barrel Quad and Whiskey Barrel Stout.”  Once released, you can expect to find these new 6-packs at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

 

Boulevard Brewing Co. Goes Year-Round with Whiskey Barrel Stout

BoulevardWBS_editedBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will release Whiskey Barrel Stout in mid-September as the brewery’s newest year-round barrel-aged Smokestack Series offering.

With a recipe that is “loosely based on a previous Smokestack Series Limited Release” from Boulevard Brewing Co., Whiskey Barrel Stout has arrived to expand the brewery’s newly established portfolio of Year-Round barrel-aged brews.  This Imperial Stout is built upon a hearty base of 11 malts and then “hopped with Magnum and Columbus hops to provide just enough bitterness to prevent the beer from presenting as cloyingly sweet.”  After picking up “notes of dates and plum” from Boulevard’s house Scottish yeast strain, the beer is then “transferred to freshly emptied whiskey barrels from a variety of . . . distillers.”  As the Imperial Stout ages and matures, Boulevard’s “barrel crew selects the best barrels from different vintages to be blended together with roughly one-third fresh beer to create a delicate interplay between fresh and barrel-aged beer.”  This blending process is key because it creates “a balanced beer that showcases the very best barrel flavors coaxed into Whiskey Barrel Stout while tempering the whiskey character to create a beer that is only slightly boozy and ready to drink upon release.”

Whiskey Barrel Stout will begin its launch in the Greater Kansas City area on September 11, and will eventually hit other regions shortly thereafter.  Once the rollout is initiated, you will be able to find Whiskey Barrel Stout in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and any other states within Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area that have seen their Bourbon Barrel Quad (the brewery’s other Year-Round barrel-aged offering).  Prost!

Vital Information for Whiskey Barrel Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round/Smokestack Series, launching mid-September 2017
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 63
Malts – Two-Row Pale Malt, Amber 50, Cara 120, Cara 300, Mout Roost 900, Patagonia Black Pearl, Chocolate Rye, Crystal Rye, Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Malt & Dark Malt Extract
Hops – Magnum & Columbus
Yeast – Boulevard’s house Scottish yeast strain
Added Ingredients – Dextrose & brown sugar
Suggested Pairings – “Smoked cheese, flourless chocolate cake, roasted leg of lamb, a quiet night”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Co. Releases 8th Installment in Love Child Series

BoulevardLoveChild8labelBoulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially sent Love Child No. 8 out into the wild as the latest version in this ever-evolving, blended Sour Ale project.

The Love Child Series consists of a line of barrel-aged Wild Ales that have been inoculated with “such boisterous cultures as Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces.”  Since each beer in this series has its own unique blend ratio and resulting complexity, Boulevard Brewing uses “gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released.” The goal of the Love Child Series is not “to reproduce the character of the previous year’s blend, but rather to offer a blend of the very best sour beers . . . on hand” at the brewery.

Love Child No. 8 is rocking a blend that consists of “multiple vintages of a Flanders-style sour red ale and a sour Belgian-style golden” that have been aged in “a variety of whiskey and wine barrels with lactobacillus and brettanomyces.”  Each batch of aged beer was sampled and then blended by a tasting panel of brewers and quality assurance team members until they established an experience that “features soft lactic acidity punctuated with slight acetic notes and a tart, fruity flavor reminiscent of sour cherries and green strawberries.”

Love Child No. 8 hit the Kansas City area in June, but the beer has been slowly rolling out across Boulevard Brewing’s distribution area since.  This limited offering can now be found in 750ml bottles and on draft at select beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and wherever else you normally see Limited Release Smokestack Series beers from Boulevard Brewing.  Prost!

Vital Information for Love Child No. 8 from Boulevard Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Smokestack Series, gradual roll out began June 2017
Style – American Wild/Sour Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 9
Blend – 59% Belgian-style Golden, 41% Flanders-Style Red
Recommended Glassware – Tulip
Suggested Pairing – Strawberry rhubarb pie
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Releases Changeling Dark Sour Ale

changelingbottlesBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced the release of Changeling Dark Sour Ale as the brewery’s newest Smokestack Series Limited Release beer.

To add some new flavor to their Smokestack Series, Boulevard Brewing went big by crafting Changeling Dark Sour Ale to be “an enchanting blend of sour ales aged in whiskey and wine barrels that were inoculated with brettanomyces and lactobacillus.” Deep ruby in color, Changeling establishes itself with notes of plum and toasted malt.  The flavor then takes on “a soft tartness, with notes of earthiness and funk provided by brettanomyces and a touch of lingering caramel to create a delicate balance.”  The finished beer weighs in at 7.3% ABV and consists of the following blend of beers:

The Official Blend for Changeling Dark Sour Ale

  • Snow & Tell Scotch Ale aged in whiskey barrels – 43%
  • Snow & Tell Scotch Ale aged in wine barrels – 40%
  • Dark Saison aged in whiskey barrels – 10%
  • Flanders Red/Belgian Blonde – foeder – 5%
  • Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels – 2%

Changeling Dark Sour Ale is available now in the Greater Kansas City Area “with other cities to follow soon.”  You can expect to find this limited release offering in 750 ml bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and other areas that normally receive Smokestack Series Limited Release beers.  Secure your bottles of Changeling while you can because this beer will only be available during the month of April and – like most Wild/Sour Ales these days – is sure to move fast.  Prost!

Vital Information for Changeling Dark Sour Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Smokestack Series, April 2017
Style – American Wild/Sour Ale
ABV – 7.3%
IBUs – 20
Treatment – A blend of Sour Ales aged in whiskey & wine barrels (see above for details on blend)
Availability – 750 ml bottles 
Recommended Glassware – Tulip
Suggested Food Pairings – Aged/smoked cheeses, roasted duck, apple smoked sausage, & beef carbonnade

Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

 

 

Scotch on Scotch Debuts for Boulevard Brewing Company

boulevardscotchonscotchBoulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, Missouri) recently announced the release of their newest Smokestack Series offering, Scotch on Scotch Oak-aged Imperial Scotch Ale.

Drawing inspiration from the previous releases of Snow & Tell Oak-aged Scotch Ale and Rye on Rye, Boulevard Brewing has doubled down once again to create Scotch on Scotch.  This new Smokestack Series Limited Release beer starts with a massive malt base “created by layering caramel and amber malts with just a touch of peat smoked malt for additional complexity.”  The recipe also includes three hop varietals that were carefully chosen to lend balance and spicy earthiness, and brown sugar that was incorporated during the boil to impart “suggestions of toffee and molasses and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.”  Finally, this Imperial Scotch Ale lives up to its name by eventually finding itself aging on Scotch whisky barrel chips to “coax rich woody, char and vanilla notes along with the essence of Scotch whisky into a hearty, warming beer.”

Like most new offerings from Boulevard Brewing Company, Scotch on Scotch Oak-aged Imperial Scotch Ale has begun an initial release in the Greater Kansas City Area to allow local fans first dibs on the beer.  This limited offering will then become available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida and other select markets that typically see Smokestack Series Limited Release beers from Boulevard.  This is just one of many exciting new beers heading to shelves and taps in the near future from Boulevard Brewing, so stay tuned for more news and keep an eye out for Scotch on Scotch while on your next beer run.  Prost!

Vital Information for Scotch on Scotch from Boulevard Brewing Company 

Release – Smokestack Series/Limited, launching late February 2017
Style – Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
ABV – 9.6%
IBUs – 24
Hops – Magnum, Chinook & Northern Brewer
Additional Ingredients – Brown sugar
Treatment – Aged on Scotch whisky barrel chips
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://boulevard.com/beers/beer-finder/

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To create Scotch on Scotch, Scotch whisky barrel chips were suspended in the aging tank in porous bags.

 

 

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