This Saturday, December 2nd at 11am we will be releasing our Barrel-Aged 1793 Barley Wine. Aged for eighteen months in a sauternes wine barrel from Château Lafite Rothschild in France, it manages to retain the sweetness it inherited from the barrel, while still finishing clean and dry. It is vibrant and velvety soft with notes of toffee, bitter orange, and dry fruit.
In addition to the barrel-aged Barley Wine, we will also have a limited quantity of bottles from the same batch, also aged, but not in barrels. Releasing them simultaneously will give you a view as to how the aging of beers in barrels affects the finished product.
Barley Wines are a misunderstood style. Due in no small part to the inclusion of the word “wine” in its name. Brewed with water, yeast, malts, and hops, Barley Wines are most certainly beer. What gives them a more wine-like identity is the fact that they tend to hover around 10% ABV. These are not session ales. They are rich and strong by design and usually have a distinct caramel aroma.
Our Barley Wine is named 1793 as that was the year that Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe established the city of York as the temporary capital of Upper Canada. It pre-dates the creation of the city of Toronto and seems a fitting nomenclature for a truly old style of beer.
Packaged in 375ml bottles, these can be enjoyed now in a single sitting.
From all of us at Muddy York Brewing Co.