By: Scott Shirley, VT Head Brewer Published:
This is one of those beers you love to drink and dread to make. With so much time in-between when it’s brewed and when it’s bottled, there are so many things that can go wrong. We first brewed Bronze King as part of the 100 Barrel Series in 2003. To this day I’m not sure how we convinced Dan Kenary to tie up a fermenter for five months, but it was worth it!
To me, keeping the recipe simple is key to making a good barelywine. And the recipe for Bronze King is deceptively simple. We use only two types of malt and two types of hops, making sure they work together and always keeping balance in mind. Then it’s letting the yeast and time do its job. With such a high original gravity wort, a long cool fermentation makes all the difference in the drinking experience.
All the time and work paid off. This beer has great balance between the malty sweetness and the hop bittering. It’s far more drinkable than its 10% ABV would suggest. I hope you enjoy it!
By: Julia Falk, Digital Marketing Published:
"On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, a partridge in a pear tree."
While the sentiment behind the 12 Days of Christmas is lovely, actually getting a partridge in a pear tree for Christmas would be far from ideal. Harpoon’s 12 Days of Christmas on the other hand…
From today through December 20th, we’ll be celebrating our version of the 12 Days of Christmas on Instagram! Like us on Instagram (@harpoonbrewery) and follow three easy steps:
- Like the picture;
- Comment on why you would love the Harpoon gift of the day;
- Tag three of your friends in your comment!
Every day at 6 PM, we’ll Instagram the gift of the day. You’ll have 24 hours to enter and we’ll pick one lucky winner at random and mail you the prize!
We’ve got some great Harpoon swag to give away and we can’t wait to see why you think you deserve it most! Happy Instagramming!
Rules & eligibility
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Harpoon’s 12 Days of Christmas contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 21 years of age as of the date of entry and who are physically located and residing in the United States or the District of Columbia. Employees of Harpoon Brewery are not eligible to win (sorry Harpooners).