Final Schlafly Ibex Cellar Release: Barrel-Aged Barleywine

Schlafly Beer, the largest locally owned craft brewery in St. Louis, introduces the latest beer in the From The Ibex Cellar series: Barrel-Aged Barleywine, an English ale aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The final beer of this year’s premium collection of six bold, barrel-aged beers packs a punch at 10.2%. This is the first release of Barrel-Aged Barleywine in a series that also included: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Imperial Coffee Stout, Local Oak, Sour Blonde and Barrel-Aged Saison. The From The Ibex Cellar series will return in 2019.

Founding Brewer Stephen Hale explains the flavor profile. “You get the unmistakable flavor of a Kentucky bourbon with the heft of a British strong ale,” he explains. “The Bourbon barrels impart oak, vanilla and, of course, whiskey flavors to the considerable malt strength of a barleywine. Keep a stiff upper lip!”

Schlafly’s Barrel-Aged Barleywine offers a new twist on one of the brewery’s most-lauded brews. Hale continues, “Barleywine has been in the brewery’s portfolio since the early 1990’s, and it has been a favorite ever since. It heralded the coming of winter when strong beers were the norm to stave off the ensuing cold weather.”

The “From the Ibex Cellar” beers feature big beers brewed in exclusive, smaller bottles that pay homage to the Ibex with the majestic symbol embossed in the glass. The packaging mimics the striking architecture of the Schlafly Tap Room’s building from the pitches and peaks to the arches that hold up the cellar below. A typeface from the 1900s, discovered by one of the Schlafly designers in the St. Louis Public Library archives, inspired the exclusive design for the label and packaging. See more about the project here.

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