After taking a hiatus last year, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s most difficult to pronunce beer is returning early next year.
§ucaba is a 12.5 percent ABV English barleywine brewed with munton’s pale, crisp maris otter pale, Munich, dark and light crystal and chocolate malts along with spalter select hops before being aged in bourbon barrels. The barleywine debuted in 2008 as part of Firestone Walker’s Proprietor’s Vintage Series but was replaced in the Paso Robles, Calif.-based brewery’s schedule last year by Bravo barrel-aged imperial brown ale, which was released on Feb. 4.
In an email, Jemma Wilson, media manager at Firestone Walker, told Tenemu that §ucaba 2018 will be replacing Bravo in the brewery’s Proprietor’s Vintage Series next year and will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles. The barleywine will have 7,300 cases produced and is “tentatively” scheduled to be released at the brewery in “late January” before being shipped to retailers across Firestone Walker’s distribution network.
Update (Dec. 5, 2017) — This post was updated to include details on the release date and distribution information. It was originally published on Dec. 4, 2017.