Friday, February 15, 2013

The Roots of XVI - February 15 @ 6 PM at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose

One of the most prevalent venues in the South Bay beer scene is hosting a Firestone Walker Brewing Company event today. No tickets or pre-purchase required, all you have to do is show up and you can purchase as many samples as you would like a la carte. Sounds like a great way to celebrate beer-week in a classic San Jose watering hole. Harry's Hofbrau is located on 390 Saratoga Avenue and the event starts at 6pm.



One of California’s most acclaimed barrel-aged beers is set to be deconstructed as Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose present “The Roots of XVI,” a one-of-a-kind tasting of the rare component beers that were blended to create Firestone Walker’s XVI Anniversary Ale. 

The doors open at 6 p.m. No tickets or reservations are required. Guests can simply come and purchase samples as they wish.

This SF Beer Week event will be hosted by Jeffers Richardson, director of Firestone Walker’s new Barrelworks facility, which is dedicated to barrel-aged wild beers and strong ales.

The Chop on XVI…

XVI is the seventh release in Firestone Walker’s anniversary series, dating back to the release of the inaugural anniversary release called “Ten” in 2006.

Every year, local Paso Robles winemakers gather with the brewing team to taste through a variety of strong ales and determine the final blend. This year, the result was XVI, which was composed of 226 barrels spanning eight diverse components.

“Dozens of notebooks, hundreds of questions and countless beers have refined our approach to creating the best flavors possible through barrel aging,” says Brewmaster Brynildson. “Then we step back and let our winemaker friends help us put the final puzzle together. This year, the result is XVI—our finest achievement to date.”

At “The Roots of XVI,” the puzzle will be pulled back apart, and guests will savor these rare component pieces and learn about the art of blending. The featured component ales are:

Velvet Merkin / Aged in Bourbon Barrels     
-Traditional Oatmeal Stout

Double DBA / Aged in retired Firestone Union Barrels
-Double strength English Pale Ale

Parabola / Aged in Bourbon Barrels
-Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout                                                                  

Helldorado / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels
-Blonde Barley Wine

Bravo / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels
-Imperial Brown Ale

Wookey Jack / 100% Stainless Steel
-Black Rye India Pale Ale

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