Stone Brewing Co. has announced a new variation of its Old Guardian Barley Wine.
The new incarnation is 2016 Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops, which as the name suggests, takes the classic barley wine that was first released in 2009 and dry-hops it with Pekko hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley. The newest version comes in at 11 percent ABV.
“In the last year, we’ve been running the relatively new Pekko hop varietal through our hop evaluation program and we loved the intense stone fruit and tropical fruit attributes it provided to our classic barley wine style ale,” said Mitch Steele, brewmaster at Stone, in a press release. “Over the years, our fans have learned they can look forward to Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine often highlighting different varietals. Think of it as variations on a theme.”
Old Guardian Barley Wine was first released in 1999, and has seen numerous versions released since then, including Old Guardian OAK-SMOKED Barley Wine (11.4 percent ABV), Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine (12 percent ABV) and last year’s Old Guardian Extra Hoppy Barley Wine (10.5 percent ABV.)
According to a press release, 2016 Old Guardian Barley Wine Dry-Hopped with Pekko Hops is packaged in 22-ounce bottles and started shipping to retailers in Stone’s entire distribution footprint this week.