This year’s edition of the Barley Wine is an 11.5% abv strong ale that was aged in bourbon barrels, a first for the beer. It’s being released in a limited run of 500 ml swing-top ceramic bottles with wax seal.
Joining it on the shelves will be Cobblestone Stout, a previously draught-only 4.2% abv stout that is now available in 440 ml cans. Similar to Guinness and several other canned stouts and ales, the can includes a widget that releases a 70/30 mix of nitrogen and carbon dioxide when the beer is poured, giving it a smooth and creamy body similar to draught stout.
Both beers are on their way to LCBO stores now, and will start appearing on shelves in the next couple of weeks.