Starting today, Weldwerks Brewing Co. is holding a lottery for the most expensive beer it has ever produced.

That beer is Vanilla Medianoche, a 13.5 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with three pounds per barrel of Madagascar vanilla beans and aged for 17 months in bourbon barrels sourced from Breckenridge Distillery. As the name indicates, the base beer is the Greeley, Colo.-based brewery’s Medianoche imperial stout, which was released in bottles for the first time last week.

We will be announcing more details very soon but we wanted to go ahead and tease our next Medianoche release– Vanilla Medianoche! As proud as we were of last year’s batch of Vanilla Medianoche and the Single Barrel Rye Vanilla Medianoche we have on tap in the taproom, this bottle release is a different beer entirely. For starters, the base beer is exclusively comprised of the same 17 month Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrel batch of Medianoche that just won Gold at the Great American Beer Festival this past week. And for the vanilla addition, we used Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans exclusively at an unreasonably high (and expensive) rate at nearly 3 lbs per barrel! Without question, this is the most expensive beer we have produced, so fair warning, pricing (TBD) will reflect the high production cost for this beer. Vanilla Medianoche will be limited to 1 bottle per person and we will be utilizing a lottery system for the release. We will be announcing all the details very soon, including lottery window, pickup window, and pricing, so stay tuned to social media for more details.

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In addition, $10 of the $55 bottle cost will be donated to the Weld Food Bank in Weldwerks home city of Greeley, Colo.

According to Weldwerks, Vanilla Medianoche will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles ($55) with a one bottle per person limit. Interested parties will have to enter a lottery between Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. MDT and Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. MDT via Eventbrite, with winners to be notified by Oct. 16 and will have 24 hours to purchase their tickets. Bottle pickups will be during normal taproom hours from Oct. 27 – Oct.29 and no proxies will be allowed.