A few hours ago I thought it was a perfect time to crack open a bottle of one of the biggest, baddest English barleywines I had in my cellar. Now, close to midnight on a Monday I sit starring at an empty bottle and a sad glass that once held the sweet bourbon-infused nectar that was Mother of all Storms.
In May 2014, the Firestone Walker Brewing Company announced that its Stickee Monkee beer would be returning, this time in bottles. According to a press release, which featured the line, "Hey, Hey it's the Monkee," the name of the beer is a mishmash of the Sticky Monkey flower, which blooms along California's Central Coast, a nod to Belgian monks and fanciful spelling apparently inspired by the pop music group The Monkees.
In 2005 Avery Brewing Co. introduced The Demons of Ale series—a yearly limited production release of three bold brews, each sporting a devilishly high alcohol content of 15-17 percent, giving it a suggested cellarability of over ten years. The three beers are released throughout the year—Samael's Oak-Aged Ale in April, The Beast Grand Cru in August and Mephistopheles Stout in December.
In early 2013, Tulsa, Okla.-based Prairie Artisan Ales released a new beer named Bomb!, an imperial stout blended with espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans and ancho chili peppers. While it was not the first beer to gain recognition outside of Oklahoma, Bomb! is considered by many to be the release that put Prairie Artisan Ales on the map and increased the demand for its beers nationally.