Two breweries owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev are collaborating for a beer destined to be released on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
It’s called Grand Prestige Vatgerijpt and it is being produced by Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago. The beer actually uses the recipe for a brew from Hertog Jan Brouwerij of Arcen, The Netherlands.
The big difference is that this version is barrel-aged. The barleywine still clocks in at 10 percent, but it is then aged for six months in first- and second-use bourbon barrels, the latter of which originally held Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout.
Grand Prestige Vastgrijpt uses millennium and perle hops along with seven malts: Dingemans Pilsner, Dingemans Munich, Dingemans Aromatic, wheat, blond soft Belgian sugar, brown soft Belgian sugar and debittered black.
The beer will be available in both the U.S. and the Netherlands, though with different labels. It will come in 500ml bottles as well as a 1/6 BBL kegs.
According to at least one report, there will be another take on Grand Prestige in February. That version spent a total of nine months in bourbon, Cognac and port barrels.
Update (Dec. 1, 2016) — Added details from Goose Island.