I am starting to rebuild my kiln in my new studio this weekend. And after all of the heavy lifting of concrete block and bricks, I was thirsty for something other than Bell’s Two Hearted or Dark Horse Crooked Tree.
So I headed out to this little corner store that I know, that has an incredible selection of beer. Not only do they have a great selection, evidently they are under the radar of other area beer drinkers. In the past, I have found bottles of vintage bottles that other stores had sold out of long before.
Tonight I found several bottles of a limited edition Dogfish Head Imperial Stout (9% ABV) named after a Miles Davis album. Other local stores have already sold out of Arcadia Bourbon Barrel Aged Cereal Killer (12% ABV) and Imperial Stout (12% ABV), but I found some of these waxed 12 oz. bottles still on the shelf here.
But the bottle that I found and purchased, was a Shmaltz Hebrew 13. This would be their 13th anniversary ale from 2009, boasting 13 hops, 13 malts, and of course 13 % ABV. Not only was this a great find because it was a vintage bottle, (probably not on shelves anywhere else), but it was priced at $5 for a 22 oz. bottle. Now, maybe because it was so old, they were just trying to move their inventory. But, an old ale like this only gets better with age, and yes, as I am enjoying it, age has done some wonderful things to this beer.
Here are the specifics:
Malts – Specialty Two Row, Canada Munich, Cara Munich 40, Chocolate, Crystal Rye, Dark Crystal, Flaked Spelt, Flaked Oats, Kiln Amber, Pilsner, Rye Ale, Vienna, and Wheat.
Hops – Ahtanum, Apollo, Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Crystal, Fuggle, Golding, Palisade, Simcoe, Tettnang, and Willamette.
You can still find some bottles of Jewbelation Sweet 16 on shleves (Their 16th annniversary ale released in 2012 – I just bought one in Ann Arbor last weekend, and possibly try the Caragana Ct. location of Chalet Party Shoppe), but if you find anything earlier than 16, please don’t let it sit there on the shelf and gather dust. Even if you don’t want it, I’m sure that you could make some beer geek happy somewhere. Possibly even some Beer Nut who writes a beer blog in Goshen, IN.