To celebrate our fifth year of craft beer and awesomeness, we decided to brew a special release beer that celebrates how far we’ve come as a brewery and how far we plan to grow into the future. This beer has been ten months in the making and damn, was the wait worth it. Brandy Bear Arms is our beloved Russian Imperial Stout with a twist - aged in Brandy barrels for ten months to add a uniqueness to this beer that you won’t find anywhere else.
Brandy Bear Arms has an IBU of 55 and an ABV of 9.5% and was barrel-aged to perfection. We took our Russian Imperial Stout, Bear Arms, with it’s dark roasted flavors and put it into Guild Wineries Grape Brandy barrels for a long deserved nap. We tasted this beer along the way, seeing how its complex flavors changed and evolved as it continued to age, until it was just right. Ten months later it was pulled from its restful slumber and put into kegs so that our family of Historic Brewing Company beer lovers could enjoy it at a celebration that will be as awesome as you all are.
Brandy Bear Arms has a unique flavor that is unlike any other beer we’ve ever brewed and is definitely a change up from the traditional Bear Arms. It has less roasty, vanilla, or chocolate flavors, and more bread-like qualities paired with notes of dark fruit and a slight boozy, almost wine like, finish to it from the Brandy barrels. You are able to taste the dark malt flavors in this beer that pair well with the delicate flavors of plum and dark cherry. The aroma is biscuity and slightly sweet which translates to the taste of the beer as well. It has a full bodied flavor as well as a full bodied mouth feel but isn’t syrupy or too heavy.
This beer is perfect for anyone who loves a dark, full bodied beer and wants to experience the epicness that Brandy Bear Arms has in store for them. It’s unique in the best way possible and is the perfect beer for a celebration. Brandy Bears Arms is a special release beer and was made in a very small quantity and won’t be made again. We are releasing this beer at our five year anniversary party that is happening on October 13th at our Barrel + Bottle House location in Downtown Flagstaff. More details about this event are linked here but mark your calendars now because this party and the release of this beer is something you’re not going to want to miss. Cheers to five years of craft beer and awesomeness!