Lee Hill Series Vol. 11 – Tequila Barrel Aged Barleywine
For months now, Upslope’s brewers have patiently awaited this Añejo Tequila Barrel Aged Barleywine to reach its full potential. After 11 months, it’s finally ready for its debut as the first installment of the Lee Hill Series for 2017.
Not only is this the 11th volume of the Lee Hill Series, this Barleywine also marks our 500th batch of beer brewed at our main production facility. This beer was then aged in Dulce Vida Añejo tequila barrels at our Lee Hill barrel room to allow the flavors to properly mingle and develop into something truly special.
Dulce Vida Añejo Tequila Barrels
Our brewers monitor all of our aging beers while they’re in barrels to find when they hit their peak. It was a happy coincidence that the brew team found the 11th installment in the Lee Hill Series to be in its prime after 11 months. We’ve aged a few beers in Dulce Vida tequila barrels before, most notably our “El Presidente” Belgian Strong Ale formulated by the founder of the company, but these are no ordinary tequila barrels. Tequila Añejo is aged longer than typical tequila and is made in smaller batches. The extra time in barrels darkens the color of the spirit to a honey gold, and gives it a smoother and more complex flavor that features accents of vanilla and cinnamon with an aroma reminiscent of American Bourbon whiskey.
Dulce Vida Spirits ages their Añejo for up to 24 for months, until it perfectly reflects their image of a great sipping tequila. These barrels lend those same characteristics to our deep and robust American style Barleywine. The decadent caramel-rich malt in this beer fuse with the floral, rose-like accents of the tequila to create a remarkably unique combination of flavors. The oak and subtle American Bourbon flavors ensure that this beer will appeal to almost any fan of barrel aged beers, while the unique Añejo characteristics treat them to something unfamiliar. Generous alcohol warmth from this 14.6% ABV beer make it the perfect Colorado winter pick-me-up.
Release Party this Thursday, January 19th!
The release party for the Lee Hill Series Volume 11 Tequila Barrel Aged Barleywine is this Thursday, January 19th from 5:00-9:00 pm at our Lee Hill tap room. The Barleywine will be available on tap as well as in 19.2 oz cans to-go for $10 each (limit 6 per person) – the price will rise to $13 the following day provided they are still in stock.
Cheers! We’ll see you there!