ABV: 10% IBU: --
Our tenth out-of-state collaboration is with @lostabbey from San Marcos, CA. Helmed by co-founder and brewmaster Tomme Arthur, The Lost Abbey is a pioneering American brewery. In addition to their world class hoppy beers and farmhouse ales, Tomme and his team have done more to push the boundaries in barrel-aged beers, especially complex barrel-aged cuvees, than just about anyone in the craft beer universe. Tomme's beers draw from historical traditions, yet they are simultaneously playful and forward-thinking.
Scott and Ben visited The Lost Abbey back in 2010 on the same trip where they bought the original Dekum brewhouse, and they've been lucky to make the pilgrimage back to visit and gain additional inspiration over the years. We were thrilled that Tomme agreed to join us for a collaboration beer as part of this series, and of course, we opted to put together a complex, blended strong ale.
The base beer is a riff on an English barleywine, albeit with more chocolaty notes and a healthy dose of baking spice and dehydrated pumpkin. The idea was to marry a malt-rich base with notes of cinnamon, mace, clove, and grains of paradise as well as real, savory pumpkin. We tempered this with two-year-old barrel-aged stout that showed signs of elegant oxidation, roast, and chocolate. The finished coupage is a beer that is easy-to-enjoy during a wet winter day and that also lends itself to additional cellaring, where we think the young-and-old beers will continue to meld and evolve!
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