A new Lion’s Share is coming on Monday, but with a big twist.
Since 2013, Lakewood Brewing Co. has released a different Lion’s Share beer to commemorate its anniversary, and 2016 will be no different. However, instead of being a draft-only release as in years past, this year’s version will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles.
In an email, Craig Bradley, marketing and events manager at Lakewood, told Tenemu that Lion’s Share IV is a 12.4 percent ABV Belgian-style quadrupel that has been aged in brandy barrels from California for approximately five months. The new beer debuted on tap during Lakewood’s official anniversary celebration that took place on July 30 at the brewery.
“We kept the beer pretty classic to the style” said Bradley in an email. “Lots of complex flavors throughout, with the caramel malts and notes of dried, candied fruits playing really well with the bold flavors coming from the brandy barrels. Both the beer and the barrels complement each other nicely.”
This will be the forth Lion’s Share release since 2013:
- Lion’s Share (9.8 percent ABV) — Belgian-style IPA aged in oak barrels with brettanomyces — 2013
- Lion’s Share II (3.6 percent AB) — berliner weisse aged in wine barrels with black currants — 2014
- Lion’s Share III (9 percent ABV) — old ale aged in red wine barrels — 2015
- Lion’s Share IV (12.4 percent ABV) — Belgian-style quadrupel aged in brandy barrels — 2016
According to Bradley, Lion’s Share IV will be packaged in “individually boxed 22-ounce bomber bottles, similar to Bourbon Barrel Temptress,” and is scheduled to be shipped to retailers starting on Monday, Aug. 8.
Update (Aug. 4, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date. It was originally published on June 17, 2016.