ST. THOMAS, ON – Railway City Brewing has announced that two popular seasonal beers – one brewed using local ingredients, the other a gold medal award winner at the 2013 Ontario Brewing Awards – will be returning next week.
Railway City Hoptoberfest is an annual harvest ale that is brewed using fresh hops along with locally grown fall fruit. This year’s edition is a 5.2% abv German-style lager made using Bartlett Pears from Great Lakes Farms, located 15 minutes south of the brewery, as well as locally grown “Graveyard Hops,” which are described as follows:
The Graveyard Hops are growing wild alongside the original Hopyard field which became a graveyard in the early 1900’s. The Hop rhizomes were picked by local historian and former Speaker of the House Steve Peters. His local crop was outstanding this year, which we were more than happy to make use of in this year’s offering.
The award winning Black Coal Stout is a slightly strong stout (6% abv) that has traditionally been a winter/Christmas seasonal for the brewery, but is getting an earlier release this year.
Both beers will be debuted at this month’s Thursday Night Release event, taking place at the brewery on October 16th starting at 7:00 PM, where they will be available to taste along with other Railway City brands. Admission is $5, and a spot can be reserved by sending a message to the brewery on Facebook or Twitter.
The pair will also be available in bottles at the Railway City retail store following the release event, and Black Coal will be featured in a Railway City gift pack – also including Cranberry Festive Lager, Dead Elephant Ale and a branded glass – that will be released at select LCBO locations in late November.