One of New Glarus Brewing Co.’s most popular beers has shipped.
The New Glarus, Wis.-based brewery has released Spotted Cow Grand Cru, an 8.5 percent ABV farmhouse ale brewed with coriander, sweet orange peel, Czech and Wisconsin malts as well as Willamette and Yakima Valley hops. The new ale is uses the brewery’s Spotted Cow farmhouse ale (4.8 percent ABV) as its base, a beer that was first released in 2002.
Spotted Cow Grand Cru is the latest release in New Glarus’ Thumbprint Series, which according to head brewer Dan Carey, “…are still brewed with the beer enthusiast in mind. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again.” There have been five beers released in the series so far this year:
- Scream IIPA (9 percent ABV)
- Apple Ale (4 percent ABV)
- Oud Bruin 2016 (5.6 percent ABV)
- Cran-bic 2016 (6 percent ABV)
- Smoke on the Porter (6.1 percent ABV)
In a phone call, a spokesperson for New Glarus told Tenemu that Spotted Cow Grand Cru will be packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles, while a post on the brewery’s Instagram account indicates the beer has begun shipping to retailers in the state of Wisconsin.
Update (Nov. 8, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date. It was originally published on Oct. 7, 2016.