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Get Fired Up for Hell With The Lid Off 2018!
This time of year, I always get excited about the hop-forward releases that hit our scene. Bell’s Hopslam, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Full Pint HOPism, Fat Head’s Hop Juju…just to name a few. But this is also a very special time of year for a special kind of beer. And that beer is Barleywine.
Every March, our friends at Kelly’s Bar and Lounge in East Liberty break open their cellar and present what’s become the quintessential barleywine festival in all the land. Literally. Hell With The Lid Off 2018 is set to unfold on Saturday, March 24th with two sessions taking place from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Nowhere else in America will you find an event 100% dedicated to Barleywine in this capacity, with vertical flights dating back to the early 2000s poured alongside new offerings from local, regional, and national breweries to give you a unique opportunity to see how this complex style ages and how brewers have put modern twists on recent recipes.
When the weather gets frigid outside, it never hurts to find a soothing, handcrafted beer that can stick to your ribs and warm your blood. And a Barleywine can certainly do just that. Known as a strong English Ale, Barleywines typically feature higher alcohol by volume (ABV) than most other dark ales of similar appearance and taste. The name makes you think wine, but it’s actually one of the most intense beers you’ll encounter. Its name comes from England and was dubbed “barleywine” because it was an alcoholic beverage whose ABV ran parallel with wine, but was made with malted barley. A Barleywine is typically a dark, ruby red or chestnut color, full-bodied with elements of fruity, sweet, and bittersweet in its taste. It is the perfect beer to savor, whether the calendar reads March or July.
But…since the calendar is going to read March first, let’s savor some now. Hell With The Lid Off will once again showcase an impressive collection of barleywine offerings complemented by a buffet of delicious eats, as well as chocolates and cheeses designed to pair with the vast array of beers at your disposal. The bar will be closed for regular business so all attention can be focused on the mother of all beer extravaganzas!
Tickets for HWTLO 2018 are still up for grabs. Get yours here! As has become tradition, I will be in the house with some recording equipment doing some sort of video and/or audio recording for you to enjoy later on. I look forward to toasting a few barleywines with you on March 24th.