Eighteen years! What a ride! We started life as a tiny self-distributed production brewery with a focus on tasty English beers. In the beginning we were producing under 2,000 kegs in total output (1,000 barrels). We opened a pub in ‘98, moved to a bigger facility in ’01, acquired additional spaces between ’04 and ’09, built an addition in ’12 all the while obtaining better and more efficient equipment and hiring more and more staff! We’ve won some pretty serious awards, including but not limited to a Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal (in the Specialty Honey Beer Category, GABF Category: 11). If Weyerbacher was a person, we’d be eligible to join the military, buy smokes… but we still can’t drink or rent a car.
“Eighteen.” Yes, we are very creative with the names of our beers. Well, we were very creative. Our 10th anniversary (our first anniversary beer) was called Decadance. How badass did we think we were? Gold stars all around! Then, the next year, the wheels on the creativity bus fell off and we went straight to pun-free numbers.
At 11.1% ABV, Eighteen is a big Weizenbock; a “Weizendoppelbock” to be perfectly clear! The malt bill is entirely German: Wheat, Munich, Pils, Carawheat and Chocolate wheat. Eighteen’s nose is reminiscent of a big dark Belgian-style ale with a touch of smokiness. The color is a hazy deep brown. Eighteen features a complex combination of dark fruit and bready malts with chocolate flavors that are perfectly balanced with spicy phenols and banana esters. This unfiltered and bottle-conditioned ale has a creamy, textured mouthfeel and a warming finish. Eighteen is available in ⅙ barrel kegs and 12 oz bottles for a limited time only. This beer will age very nicely, yielding more dark fruits as time passes!