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What are you thankful for?
As we come into the beginning of the holiday season, we couldn’t help but think about what we are thankful for. Here at the Auburn Alehouse, we are thankful for family, friends, our staff and loyal customers like you! For the first time in five years of production, we are preselling our barrel-aged Old Prospector Barleywine Ale and it’s just in time for you to enjoy over Thanksgiving. Barrel-aged Barleywine is quite versatile and pairs well with strong cheeses, prime rib, roasted meats and rich desserts. The simplest way might just be my favorite; to sit down next to the fire and share a glass with a friend or loved one.
Rich and vibrant, this 2014 Brewer’s Private Reserve has been cool aged in Zinfandel barrels acquired from one of our favorite Placer County Wineries, Dono dal Cielo. With over six months of aging, this wine-strength ale has been greatly enhanced by its long slumbering contact with the Zinfandel soaked barrels. A bouquet of soft oak, plumb and raisin give way to a peppery Zinfandel profile which balances nicely with complex malt and a gentle hop presence. If you can find the willpower, cellar this unique ale, as it will continue to mature and reward.
As an extra special thank you to our loyal Mug Clubbers, members will be able to purchase cases of the Barleywine for wholesale price, $120. That’s only $10 a bottle. The general public can purchases cases for $143 dollars, which is includes a $1 discount per bottle. Bottles sold separately are $13. Orders will be ready for pick up starting November 20th through the November 26th.
You can reserve your bottles today by coming into the restaurant, calling us at 530-885-2537, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you’ll enjoy our 2014 release with your friends and family this holiday season!
The Auburn Alehouse was awarded the silver medal for their Hop Donkey Imperial Red Ale at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) held in Denver, Colorado. Committed to producing excellent craft beer, owners, Brian and Lisa Ford, have once again put Auburn on the map.
The Fords, who grew up in Weimar, knew they had something special when they originally brewed this ale in 2013. “I guess I have a reputation for brewing red ales. Our customers and staff kept pestering me to brew an Imperial Red Ale, so I caved, and Hop Donkey was born,” said Brian Ford. “The beer turned out well and became very popular here at the Alehouse Pub. It just made sense to enter it at the GABF.”
Competition was very stiff with 5,507 commercial entries and 89 Pro-Am entries. The Imperial Red category, in which they took the silver, had 62 total entries, so it’s no small feat that the Auburn Alehouse took second place for their Hop Donkey this year and has also taken home three other medals in past years. The Gold Country Pilsner took the gold medal in 2012 and the bronze medal in both 2010 and 2013.
The GABF, founded in 1982, is the largest collection of U.S. beer in a public tasting and has become the most renowned competition in the United States. Awards are not only coveted in the U.S. but are also recognized worldwide. The professional judging panel consisted of 222 experts from 10 countries, who sampled thousands of beers in a blind tasting during five separate three-hour sessions. In each category, the judges choose three beers that represent excellence in the respective styles then they award the gold, silver and bronze medals. Standards are so high that if no beer meets those standards they won’t award medals at all.
Ford comments on the achievement, “It’s humbling to be awarded a medal at the GABF. Craft brewers are really brewing some fantastic beer all across the nation and we are grateful to be among them.”
The Alehouse brewing team is working hard to brew another batch which should be on tap by November 1st at the Auburn Alehouse, located in old town Auburn. You can taste the stellar brew yourself at the brewery and restaurant or take home a bottle or growler to enjoy at home.
Brian & Lisa Ford and the Alehouse staff