It all started back in July, when Community Beer Co. Dallas announced the pending release of a new, but as yet unnamed, Russian imperial stout. The brewery canvassed the public for help in naming the new brew, revealing a few weeks later that it had narrowed the choices down to a winning entry submitted by Ben Bascombe. As for the name of the new beer, it would simply be called Legion.
What they didn’t tell us right away was that in the time leading up to the beer’s debut at the end of September, they had put a portion of the batch into spent bourbon casks in anticipation of a barrel-aged release to come later in the year. A Facebook post near the end of November told consumers that time is now.
Following two nights of sneak preview tastings at the Community taproom, 12-ounce four-packs of Barrel-Aged Legion are set to go on sale the week of Monday, Dec. 8. An exclusive launch event has been set at Lone Star Beverages in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, an independently-owned shop regarded by locals as one of the top craft beer retailers in the area.
Noting the established success the original Legion offering, Lone Star co-owner Rick Ali says he’s “excited to be a part of this release” and for subsequent products Community will be putting out with their new Barrel-Aged Series. He also recognizes the synergy of partnering with the brewery for this event in saying, “Lone Star has long been a part of the growth of the craft beer scene here in North Texas, and being chosen as the first to offer BA Legion to the public only strengthens the drink local and shop local movement!”
Bottles will go on sale at 9:30 a.m. Lone Star will release 20 cases in the morning and 20 more at 4 p.m. There is a limit of two four-packs per person.