Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Proprietor’s Vintage Series is getting at least one change this year.
That is because the Pasa Robles, Calif.-based brewery’s Helldorado blonde barleywine is being replaced by Rum Helldorado, which as the name suggests, is the same base beer aged in rum barrels “for up to a year” instead of the normal bourbon barrels.
Fans of Rum Helldorado may recognize the beer as being one of the components in two recent Firestone Walker releases: Dark & Stormy 2017 and XXI Anniversary Ale.
Rum Helldorado will join five other beers in Firestone Walker’s annual bottle releases of the Proprietor’s Vintage Series:
- Sucaba 2018 — barrel-aged barley wine (12.5 percent ABV) — February
- Parabola — Russian imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels
- Stickee Monkee — central coast quadrupel aged in bourbon barrels
- Velvet Merkin — oatmeal stout aged in bourbon barrels
- Rum Helldorado — imperial blonde ale aged in rum barrels — July or August
- Anniversary Release — blend of beers aged in various types of barrels
In an email, Jemma Wilson, media manager for Firestone Walker, told Tenemu that Rum Helldorado will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles that are scheduled to ship to retailers across the brewery’s entire distribution network in July or August.