Monday, March 10, 2008

Quickly now, before the sun comes back out


Stop right there. Calmly step away from the cooler, and keep your hands where I can see them. Now without any sudden movements, put down the Bitburger Pilsner and Hoegaarden. It may seem like spring has already been underway for weeks, but that suggestion would leave you bereft of one of the last great pleasures of wintertime: an excellent, well-aged barleywine. Thankfully, there's still some rain and gloom in the forecast, so pull out a nice piece of stinky blue cheese, some fatty, salty salumi and check this out:

Billed as Des' top choice (of the ones we got to choose between) at the 2007 Toronado Barleywine Festival, the good people at North Coast Brewing are offering the 2005 Old Stock ale as a cellar release - and they'll even ship it to you if you're in California. It's a stunner of the style, and if you bought a four-pack of it when it hit the shelves two years ago, you're amongst the rare and dignified if you managed to preserve a bottle or two for vintage's sake, so now you can redeem your gluttony, refill your supply, kick back with Tennyson and guiltlessly open one up as a toast "'gainst the winter's balm" while waiting out the last of Demeter's wrath. And then spring can officially begin, lhude sing cuccu and all that jazz.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Shawn, the Beer Philosopher said...

I happen to have one very dusty bottle downstairs ...

Now you've gone and made me wanna drink it!

Thanks Wilson. ;)

2:29 PM  
Blogger Shawn, the Beer Philosopher said...

Errr, uh ... I mean, Rob. Oops!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I get funny looks when people find out I have more vintage ales in the cellar than wines, too...

2:32 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

And here I thought it was some sort of obscure Cast Away reference...

2:37 PM  
Blogger BEER said...

I have one dusty 4 pack. Now that 2008 has come out, we're running out of room to store Old Stock in our teeny tiny apartment...

10:53 PM  

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