Last week, Mikkeller ApS released the newest version of Barrel-Aged Beer Geek Vanilla Shake on its online store, and soon a very limited number of fans in the U.S. will get the chance to try it.
As with the last release more than two years ago, the Denmark-based company’s popular beer remains a 13 percent ABV oatmeal stout brewed with both coffee and vanilla before being aged in bourbon whiskey barrels for more than six months. The stout was released for the first time in 2014.
In an email, William Blennow, sales manager at Mikkeller, told Tenemu that there are “around 15,000 bottles” in the newest release, “depending on the losses from aging.” As with previous versions, this incarnation was brewed at Lervig Aktiebryggeri in Stavanger, Norway and is packaged in 330ml bottles that retail for 130 DKK, or $19.38 each.
The beer was released for sale on Mikkeller’s website on Oct. 4, but according to the brewery, bottles purchased from the website cannot be shipped to the U.S. “due to custom restrictions.” However, Blennow told Tenemu Mikkeller has shipped 1,728 bottles of Barrel-Aged Beer Geek Vanilla Shake to the United States that, according to Henrik Bohse, spokesperson for Mikkeller, will be distributed through Shelton Brothers and should be on shelves “within a month or so.”
Update (Oct. 11, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the bottle count for U.S. distribution and the release date. It was originally published on April 5, 2016.