Our special anniversary edition lagerale weighs in at a massive 12% ABV with enough hops and malt to MELT YOUR FACE OFF!
These days, it seems like everyone has a special release beer that’s at least 9% ABV. I love them, don’t get me wrong, but what about something you can drink without having to go lie down on the couch? What about something that is…sessionable?
I went looking for something like this, and I found what’s called a “small beer”. It’s a beer that is made from the “second runnings” of a big beer like a barley wine (which would have an ABV greater than 8%). Second runnings just means that they make a second beer using the same grain that they used to make the first one. You get a beer with much less alcohol in it. It is not a baby version of whatever the grain was used to make first. Instead, it’s a brand new beer.
Anchor Brewing makes Anchor Small Beer. It’s 3.3% ABV and is the second runnings of their barley wine, Old Foghorn. In an age where everyone wants to go huge, I really dig this reversal of the trend. Anyone who makes the big beers can do it, and it only costs them time, hops, water, and yeast. I’d definitely like to see stuff like this from the likes of Firestone Walker, The Bruery, and The Lost Abbey.