FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout — Spanish 30-Year Rum (2014)

Every year since 2007, FiftyFifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, Calif. has released what has become its most famous beer, known as Eclipse. The base beer is a 10 percent ABV imperial stout named Totality that is brewed between March and April in 300 gallon batches once a year. In May, the beer is then placed into a variety of different barrels for a minimum of 180 days, with each variant leading to a different—sometimes vastly different—final product.

FiftyFifty Old Conundrum On Wood

Eclipse, Eclipse, Eclipse. That's all anyone ever seems to say when FiftyFifty Brewing Company is mentioned. Sure its delicious, well awarded, damn expensive and some versions sell out before the beer is even in bottles. Variants abound trigger that deep seeded sense in our generation to collect them all. A kaleidoscope of colored wax topped bottles, sealing contents too precious for their own good, charm the eyes in a genius display of marketing.

FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout — Maker’s Mark Barrel (2013)

In this day and age, if a brewery produces an imperial stout it's a virtual given that it will release a barrel-aged version of that beer at some point in the future. Some breweries choose barrels from a favored vintner or distiller and apply a single barrel treatment to their beer roughly once a year. Others vary their suppliers, effectively creating a new beer for consumers whether it be an annual release or part of a running line of limited edition brews. In the case of the FiftyFifty Brewing Co., they've made a yearly event out of aging their popular Imperial Eclipse Stout in multiple barrels for a simultaneous release in 22-ounce bottles.