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Get Ready for Sanctuary Aged in Sherry Casks from Helltown Brewing
In my 36 years of living, I can’t recall a single time I’ve drank Sherry. In fact, my only recollection of this style of wine is the mass amounts Drs. Frasier and Niles Crane consumed on the NBC hit show Frasier back in the day.
So, naturally, when I discovered Helltown Brewing was releasing Sanctuary aged in Sherry casks, I had to do a little discovery to find out more.
What is Sherry? It’s a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. Sherry is produced in a variety of styles made primarily from the Palomino grape, ranging from light versions similar to white table wines, such as Manzanilla and Fino, to darker and heavier versions that have been allowed to oxidize as they barrel age, such as Amontillado and Oloroso. Sweet dessert wines are also made from Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel grapes, and are sometimes blended with Palomino-based Sherries. Thanks, Wikipedia.
So, what do craft brewers of 2016 do with information and, of course, aging vessels such as these? They age Imperial Stout, damn it, and they do it with a smile.
Your early preview, per the good folks at Helltown: Sanctuary has certainly integrated the sherry’s characteristics. Vinous and sweet but not cloying, with heavy tannins from the oak, melding with plum, prune, currant, honey, molasses, tobacco and dark chocolate. All from just malt, water, hops, yeast, and those special barrels.
This Saturday, July 23rd from 1pm – 6pm, Helltown is releasing a limited amount of 750ml bottles of Sanctuary Russian Imperial Stout aged in Sherry casks at their brewery only. Helltown is expected to sell out of the supply they have and purchase limits will be determined depending on the turnout for the release. You’ll be able to sample this unique version of Sanctuary starting at 1:00pm, bottles will go on sale starting at 3:00pm.
Helltown Brewing is located at 13 Henry C Frick Street in Mt. Pleasant. You can also check out their Mischievous Brown Ale featured as July’s Pittsburgh Beer of the Month.