- by Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog -
Two Beers Brewing Company is about to introduce a very special series of beers. The Alta Series will feature handcrafted beers of great distinction, which is another way of saying that these will be big, bold beers brewed in small batches. Whether it be barrel-aged, spiced, or sour, each Alta Series beer clocks-in at more than 9.0 percent Alcohol by Volume (ABV). Four different Alta Series beers will be released throughout 2013 (February, May, August and November).
Not just strong, the Alta Series showcases the brewery’s creative prowess and features packaging befitting the special nature of each beer. The brewery will package the Alta Series beers in screen-printed, 22-ounce bottles with hand-dipped wax seals. The first beer in the series is Switchback Russian Imperial Stout. After spending six month in brandy barrels, this beer spent four more months aging on Theo organic cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and bing cherries. Switchback weighs in at a whopping 12-percent ABV.
On Saturday, February 2nd at 11:00 a.m., Two Beers Brewing celebrates the release of Switchback Russian Imperial Stout with a party at the company’s brewery and tasting room in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. The event is a fundraiser for the Washington Trail Association. In addition to purchasing bottles of this limited-release beer, party-goers can enter a raffle to win 3-liter and 6-liter bottles of Switchback Russian Imperial Stout.
We will have more information about the party as the date nears. In the meantime, mark your calendar. See the press release below for more details.
Filed under: Washington Beer Event, Washington Beer News
SEATTLE (January 14, 2013) – Today, Two Beers Brewing is proud to announce the fast-‐approaching release of its new Alta Series on Saturday, February 2. Featuring four bold, complex ales -‐ each reaching above 9.0 percent ABV and boasting its own distinct personality -‐ the Alta Series has been handcrafted to offer a unique twist with every sip. Whether its the complexity obtained by aging in brandy barrels, the tartness imparted by fresh fruits or unique twist provided by a complex blend of spices, the Alta Series sets out to distinguish itself from the others and reach the upper limits.
“This new limited edition series gives us a chance to really showcase a different side of Two Beers Brewing,” stated Joel VandenBrink, founder and head brewer at Two Beers Brewing Co. “The Alta Series is our tribute to lofty heights and to the crazy pursuit of the upper limits in life. These small batch beers truly push the envelope and are unlike anything we’ve ever created.”
The first beer released as part of Two Beers Brewing’s new Alta Series will be the Switchback Russian Imperial Stout. A style born out of the cold north and the Russian courts desire for rich, toasty brews, The Alta Series’ Russian Imperial Stout has been barrel aged in brandy barrels for six months, followed by four months of aging on Theo organic cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and bing cherries. A deep, multilayered beer, Switchback features a 12 percent ABV, 50 IBUs and SRM of 77. Its thick, smooth body carries immense, complex flavors of coffee, plums, chocolate, cherries, vanilla and highland peat under a deep milk-‐chocolate creamy head.
Marking the launch of the Alta Series, Switchback will be released on Saturday, February 2 at Two Beers Brewing’s SoDo tasting room, The Woods. Beginning at 11 am, craft beer enthusiasts can purchase one of only 1,000 22-‐ounce bottles for $13 each (limit six per customer), one week before they are released to Seattle area retailers and bottle shops. Attendees of the Alta Series launch party will also enjoy a special lineup of Two Beers Brewing beers on tap, including barrel-‐ aged The Hearth Winter Warmer, barrel-‐aged Evolutionary IPA and bourbon-‐infused Heart of Darkness Imperial CDA. Finally, guests will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets -‐ $5 each benefitting the Washington Trails Association -‐ for the chance to win one of two 3-‐liter bottles or one 6-‐liter bottle of Switchback Russian Imperial Stout (each valued at more than $200). Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the following week with a winner selected the week of February 10.
In addition to a new look for the growing Seattle microbrewery, including screen-‐printed bottles and a hand-‐dipped wax seal, each bottle has been signed and individually numbered by the very person who bottled it. The next three beers in the series are scheduled for release in May, August and November. Follow Two Beers Brewing on Facebook and Twitter (@twobeersbrewing), or visit www.twobeersbrewery.com, for more information and the latest Alta Series updates.