For the second year in a row, Clown Shoes Beer has named a beer after the Greek god of blacksmiths, metals and volcanoes that will only be available in Texas.
This year’s incarnation of Hephaestus is a 12.5 percent ABV bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout that uses the Ipswich, Mass.-based company’s Blaecorn Unidragon (12.5 percent ABV) as its base. In an email, Bryan Doran, director of sales and development at Clown Shoes told Tenemu that the company added “1,000 hand pulled espresso shots from Blacksmith Cafe into the beer after coming out of the barrels” and that the beer spent “approximately 3 months in barrels” before being bottled.
Hephaestus debuted last year as a Texas-state exclusive release, but that version came in at a higher 14 percent ABV and incorporated Clown Shoes’ Fistful of Unidragon (14 percent ABV) as a base before adding Finca Santa Barbara bean espresso from Blacksmith sourced from Apaneca, El Salvador.
According to Doran, Hephaestus 2017 will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles and is scheduled to be on Texas retailer’s shelves “likely in late February/early March.”
Update (Feb. 3, 2017) — This post was updated to include details on the distribution, release date and brewing information. It was originally published on Jan. 29, 2017.