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Cape Cod Beer Predicts Cold Snap, Settles in with “Old Man Winter”
Nothing braces you for a long cold winter like a robust ale and a roaring fire. At least that’s what the brew crew at Cape Cod Beer suggests – and they have just the beer for you. Starting Friday January 9th, Cape Cod Beer will tap their winter specialty beer, fondly named: Old Man Winter. A British style Old Ale, sometimes referred to as “strong ale”, this beer was brewed with winter in mind. Weighing in at just over 7% alcohol and made with 1,200 pounds of malted barley, Old Man Winter is perfect for sipping by the fire while the winds whip up off Cape Cod Bay. Old Ales were typically brewed for the winter months, to warm the drinkers against the cold and damp British winters. Cape Cod Beer’s “Old Man Winter” was made in that tradition. A ruby chestnut color, most people will experience hints of toffee, caramel, or molasses, all which come from the three varieties of barley used in this brew. “It’s a big beer for us” explains Brewmaster Todd Marcus. “Even with our new 15 barrel system, we have to use so much grain to brew this beer that we could only brew a 13 barrel batch! What makes it slightly different from other beers we brew is that this beer has more wine or a sherry-like characteristics than any of our other beers. That’s what makes it perfect for cold winter evenings.” According to Brian Flagg, Production Manager, “We made Old Main Winter earlier this year, because people started asking us for it when we had our first snow back in December. Given that we now have some extra capacity, we were happy to bring it out a bit earlier and may even make a second batch if the need arises. Who knows how long and cold this winter will be?” As in past years, some portion of this first batch of Old Man Winter will be set aside in a spent American-made oak bourbon barrel for aging. This barrel had previously been used to age a famous Tennessee whiskey, and had been charred on the inside, as is traditional in bourbon aging. This special beer will be aged and bottled later in 2009. Old Man Winter will be sold at the brewery in growlers only: $15 for a new growler and $10 for a refill. Pricing or the date of availability for the barrel-aged version of this beer has not yet been set. Cape Cod Beer is Cape Cod’s only distributing microbrewery located at 1336 Phinney’s Lane in Hyannis with beer on tap in over 200 locations and in 100 package stores throughout Cape Cod. Brewery hours are Monday through Friday Noon to 6pm, as well as Saturday 11am to 2pm. To find out more about Cape Cod Beer, please contact us at 508-790-4200 or see our website at www.CapeCodBeer.com.