One of Hill Farmstead Brewery’s most famous creations is being released as a to-go option this year, but you will have to win a lottery to get a bottle.
Ann is a bière de miel-style ale brewed with raw Vermont wildflower honey that has been aged in French wine barrels for between 16 and 30 months before then being bottle conditioned for almost four years. The limited release was last sold in early 2018 and uses the Greensboro, Vt.-based brewery’s Anna ale as its base.
“Only a single digit percentage of wine barrel-aged Anna becomes what is unmistakably identifiable as Ann—the beer, the barrel, and some yet unknown, unquantifiable condition seems to dictate its path and appearance,” reads a post on Hill Farmstead’s website. “It is identified and selected only through the emotional response that it induces during barrel tasting.”
Although past releases of Ann have historically been sold on a first come, first served basis, this year’s incarnation is priced at $100 per 750ml bottle and will instead be distributed via online lottery. According to Hill Farmstead, the ticket process “will be in the same spirit as a musical performance with shows taking place over the course of four days.” Each day will feature a separate lottery drawing and interested parties will be able to enter each lottery for all four days, although there will be a limit one one bottle per person regardless of how many times a person’s name is drawn.
To enter the lottery, interested parties must visit this website between now and April 2 and select which date(s) they can visit the brewery to pick up their bottle if their name is drawn. Bottles will be available for pick-up at Hill Farmstead’s taproom only on the date chosen between the hours of noon and 5 pm EST, and winners will need a valid ID matching their ticket to redeem their bottle with no proxies allowed.
According to the brewery, only the lottery winners will be notified via emails that will be sent out no later than April 8.