Photo Cred: Ian Steele
Ok, we got a live one here y’all. Perennial Artisan Ales of St. Louis has brought back their 2020 edition of the Abraxas Imperial Stout with 3 different varieties. Before I go into the variant description, wait til you hear what’s in the base beer- ancho chiles, cacao nibs, cinnamon and vanilla beans. Yeah… wipe your chin, you’re drooling.
While the ABV can change year to year with this annual release, this year’s edition comes in hot at a righteous and potent 11.5%. The variants for this year are the standard base version, as well as a coffee variant and a vanilla to boot. Today, Thursday, November 12, marks the first day for in-store package pickup for those who pre-ordered the beer. THe brewery expects the packages to go fast, and remaining packages will be available for purchase in the taproom on a first-come-first-served basis. The brewery Instagram announcement says “Additional packages will be available until sold out!” If you’re nearby and didn’t get a chance to pre-order, best bundle up and get in line!
For those unfamiliar with the artisan brewery, Perennial Artisan Ales’ brewlosophy “…is to brew beer with the adventurous craft beer drinker in mind- focusing on hand-crafted, small batches of beer, using local, seasonal and organic ingredients as much as possible.” The brewery about us section goes on to describe their mostly American and Belgian influence. According to their taplist, however, they definitely do well at maintaining their passion for unique brews. Some of the beers that caught my eye include 17, an imperial stout with cacao nibs and mint leaves, Apparent Destination, a saison with “…aged hops, Missouri wildflower honey, black peppercorn and plums,” Fete de Noel, a Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale with orange peel, raisins and rosemary, and just an inexhaustible list of other options. Their brewery website hosts a backlog of all the beers they’ve made, so if you feel like window shopping and lamenting, take a scroll through their “our beers” section.