EDMONTON, AB – A new Edmonton-based contract brewing operation has announced the release of its first beer – although it’s one that local craft beer fans are likely to be familiar with already.
KGB Imperial Stout is the debut release from Elbeck Brews, the latest project from Bruce Sample, a long-time homebrewer who has also worked at several Alberta breweries over the past decade, most recently serving as head brewer at Yellowhead Brewing.
KGB was originally an award-winning homebrew that was developed as a collaboration between Sample, Kevin Zaychuk and Glen Hannah. It was also available for a time as a version brewed by Alley Kat exclusively for Sherbrooke Liquor.
The revived version of the 9% abv strong stout is being brewed by Sample at the Two Sergeants Brewing facility in Fort Saskatchewan, and is described as follows:
An aroma of light spicy rye, with milk chocolate and espresso. Gentle milk chocolate throughout balanced by spicy rye, moderate woody-earthy hops, and a distinct warming sensation which belies its strength. Finishes with a burnt toast and coffee note. Long lingering resinous hop finish and a nutty biscuit-like character comes through as it warms. The finish – long and lingering, like the reign of eastern imperialism.
Elbeck KGB Imperial Stout is being officially launched today at Sherbrooke Liquor, and will be available at select liquor stores in Alberta. For more details, see the Elbeck Brews website.