Steel & Oak Releases Blackthorn Strong Ale

NEW WESTMINSTER, BCSteel & Oak Brewing has announced the release of a beer that will be new to most people, aside from the lucky few who tried it during a brief draught-only release more than a year ago.

Blackthorn Strong Ale is a 6.8% abv and 38 IBU ale fermented with Burton Ale yeast, and having the following backstory:

Blackthorn was first developed in 2015 as a beer to age in rum barrels with some wild bugs in order to utilize the jammy and dark fruit notes that the yeast can create. We made a 30HL (3,000L) batch and half of it was put on tap in the tasting room. It was so well received that we banked it to release on its own when we had some space to do so. The other half went into Caribbean Rum barrels, had some wild bugs added to it to sour it up, and ended up as a beer we called Tortuga. So this is the second release of Blackthorn. However, it’s the first time you can get it in a bottle. Blackthorn has notes of dark sweet cherry, raisin, and plum jam. It is best shared with a friend, or an enemy you’re trying to make peace with.

Blackthorn Strong Ale is available now in bottles and growlers at the Steel & Oak retail store. Bottles have also been shipped to select private liquor stores in British Columbia.

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