Beer has be aged in just about every kind of barrel imaginable and San Marcos, CA’s The Lost Abbey has just announced their newest beer that will be aged in Tequila barrels. The beer, which was “inspired by the reverence the Jimadors in the Agave fields of Jalisco Mexico have for a local icon with divine associations,” will be a strong ale brewed with agave nectar and aged in both Anejo and Reposado barrels for a minimum of 10 months. This will be the first Tequila aged beer from The Lost Abbey released to full distribution.
According to the brewery, “Agave Maria has hints of black pepper, sweet sugar, oatmeal, and oak with an earthy, bitter smoked chocolate on the finish. The base beer, a new Agave strong ale, was created specifically to pair with the spiciness of the Tequila, adding a sweet honey-like quality to the beer.”
The new artwork for Agave Maria was created by The Lost Abbey’s resident artist, Sean Dominguez and depicts the Agave Maria mural, blessing Agave piñas as they pass through her outstretched arms, while candles illuminate her image, never being allowed to extinguish.
Agave Maria will be available throughout the Lost Abbey distribution network beginning in April in limited draft and 375 ml cork-finished bottles with an ABV of 13.5%. Expected to be an annual release, look for Agave Maria to be released every spring.