I had the pleasure of running by one of our newest (1 year this month), and making a big name for themselves, Charleston breweries today to pick up a few special releases. I’ll be discussing the others in a post later this week but the one I want to hit on now is the collaboration between Eviltwin Brewing and Westbrook Brewing. A 10.3% Barleywine called Freudian Slip brewed by gypsy brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø at the Westbrook brewery. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first Eviltwin brewed in the U.S., and I just happened to be the lucky pig who bought the very first OZs ever sold. And it’s damn good. A true to form barleywine that’s deep, rich, balanced and surprisingly has little alcohol heat for the 10.3%. Very drinkable, which at 10.3% is both awesome and terrifying. If you’re not familiar with Eviltwin and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø it really is a big damn deal he chose Mount Pleasant and Westbrook Brewing to bring his gypsy beer caravan to the US for the first time. He’s somewhat of a cult legend in beer circles and the fact he chose to brew here in our somewhat sleepy little southern town is pretty special.
There was an Imperial Stout collaboration as well today that for some reason I completely missed the notice on… or something. I’m blaming Scott from the Beer Exchange for not alerting me when I walked in.
I’m not sure what the availability will be on this one, but if you love barleywine (or just fantastic fucking beer) like I do, try and get you some. You’ll be happy. And that’s what it’s really all about. Happiness, beer, and pork.