The first thing you notice is his enormous horn. Then, you see he has a cute face, nice body, and a charming personality. But mostly you just notice his enormous horn.
Along with writing the date incorrectly for the last week and a half, a New Year means the annual release of Horn Dog, our traditional English Barley Wine that’s a reminder that craft beer is equal parts innovation and tradition.
At 10.2% this Barley Wine has a malty sweet profile with hints of brown fruits (i.e. figs, dates, raisins) and a warming alcohol tingle made for these icy January evenings. For the optimal experience, pair it with a creamy blue or Stilton cheese, jerk spices, or rum-flavored desserts.
Stop by this weekend and see how 2017 Horn Dog stacks up against the previous five years. That’s right; we’ve got FIVE VINTAGES OF HORN DOG. We’ve already done the cellaring for you and, let’s be honest, not drinking Horn Dog is the hardest part of the process. Mixed six packs containing 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages along with a pair of this year’s release will be available for purchase Saturday, January 14 through Sunday, January 15. (Limit one six pack per person while supplies last.)
In the name of science, our brewmaster lined up these five Horn Dogs after breakfast to see how each beer had aged. After a thorough sampling of each vintage alongside the 2017 Horn Dog, the most noticeable feature was an increase in aromatic sweetness for each year the beer was aged. As an English Barley Wine, Horn Dog does not have a strong hop characteristic to begin with, however there is also a reduced amount of bitterness for each year the beer aged as well. Whether you like your Horn Dog right off the line or back in time, we’ve got one for you.
Track down 2017 Horn Dog and tweet ahead to your favorite shops to reserve your 2017 Horn Dog when it hits shelves on Monday, January 16. Or you can pick Horn Dog up in our tasting room starting this Wednesday, January 11.