Burlington Beer Company apparently is feeling rather Old World this holiday season.
The Vermont brewer has just released an English-inspired barleywine called Hedgerow. It's available via the Williston, VT, company's online store.
The seasonal product is made with Frontenac grapes from the Fresh Tracks Farm & Winery of Montpelier. It rings in at 11% ABV, and is described as having caramel malt flavors with notes of toffee, raspberries, wheat bread, and dates. It will mature for up to three years.
Burlington also has cans of its Barista Coffee Porter (7.3% ABV) available online, and its Folk Metal can release is scheduled for this Wednesday.
Although barleywine, also spelled as two separate words, was popularized by English brewers and exporters, many brewing historians say it was created in ancient Greece. However, that predates by several centuries the use of hops, which would differentiate the Greek brew from more modern barleywines. Bass No. 1 Ale is credited as being the first beer to be marketed as barleywine, around 1870. The Anchor Brewing Company introduced the style to the U.S. in 1976 under the name Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale.