A Festivus Beer-acle

Grandma's Boy
Grandma's Boy

If passive-aggressively changing the work tunes from one Christmas album to another doesn't scream Happy Holidays, then everything I know in this life is a lie. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and there's a high likelihood that you'll receive gifts you can't bear. But you're an adult, and you don't need a friend, loved one, or even ol' Saint Nick to hold your hand and deliver the present of your dreams. Be assertive, take matters into your own hands, and this festive season, pre-empt the garish and the gaudy with a lil' special something all for yourself: a Grandma's Boy brett barrel aged tripel with yellow plums.

Grandma's Boy happens to be the second iteration of the very first barrel aged beer we ever released (the first having only aged for 3 months), which just adds to the overall nostalgia we feel when we drink it. But there's something I always think about on the eve (or eve's eve) of a big barrel aged bottle release, and that is the timeline of events that have transpired over the course of the beer's hibernation. So entertain me for a moment, if you will.

2014 Grandma's Boy is a blend of 1 and 2 year aged barrels that were dosed with yellow plums 3-4 months prior to blending. That means that in the time some of the oldest barrels have been aging, we released Motley Cru 2013 and 2014. The brewery celebrated its first anniversary, and then a second, and went from 6 barrels to 160. We brewed a second IPA (Cat Lady) to keep Roman Candle company, and a second Double IPA (Boogie Monster) to keep Witchshark company. We sold out of all the beers in the retail store on 6 different occasions, and then finally let you in on the big secret that we're expanding. Luke's toddlers went from crawling to walking, and then to writing their own names (and working a few labelling shifts in the Bottle Shop).

The truth is, brewery years are like dog years, and in the time it's taken to make this beer, we've grown up a lot, and refined our barrel aging program a ton. So it's with much excitement that we are finally able to put these bottles up for sale in the retail store. With bold aromatics of juicy apricot, plum, and brett funk that gives way to a subtle tartness characterized by fresh fruit and oak -- G Boy is the gift you should give yourself this December, because gosh darnit, you're worth it.

1704 bottles of Grandma's Boy (11%) go on sale this Wednesday the 17th at 11am, $13/BTL.