In time for Valentine’s Day, Buoy Beer is set to release Love, Lost at Sea Barrel-Aged Barleywine on Friday, February 14th. This marks the brewery’s fourth edition of its River Barrel Small Batch Series and its third vintage of its barleywine that’ll be available in 500mL bottles.
Love, Lost at Sea Barrel-Aged Barleywine 2020 is is an American barleywine that’s aged for 12 months in Mile High Spirits Bourbon Barrels. The beer will be released on Friday at both the brewery in Astoria, Oregon and in Portland at The BeerMongers.
Here are additional details on Love, Lost at Sea Barrel-Aged Barleywine from Buoy Beer’s press release…
“The rhythm of a production facility can be pretty fast-paced,” says Jessyka Dart-Mclean, Marketing Manager. “Having the time to produce barrel-aged beers creates a counterbalance and an opportunity for the brewers to explore the relationship between beer and vessel.”
Love, Lost at Sea 2020 has a piquant and distinctive malt profile achieved with a dense grist of British pale, British Crystal, Chocolate, and special roast malts. Its smooth, warming, toasted sweet flavors are balanced with a healthy dose of Oregon hops. This strong, complex, but harmonious mahogany-colored ale shines a light on the tangle of love gone adrift.
“Barleywine is such a wonderfully unique and underrated style of beer, where a delicate balance is key, and a bottle is meant to be shared with friends… or keep it all to yourself!” adds Christopher Reyne, Beer Ambassador & Barleywine lover.
The label artwork for Love, Lost at Sea was created by Luke Holland, a Portland tattoo artist and aspiring wizard that loves all aspects of traditional style tattooing. When he’s not conjuring up fantasy tattoos, he can usually be found skating around town, head-banging at local shows, or drawing up spells at coffee shops.
“Hey there fellow beer and life lovers. I hope you enjoy this special brew from our friendly potion masters at Buoy Beer Company,” says Luke Holland. Luke invites all to come by Lombard Street Tattoo where he sets up shop anytime. “Let’s be friends and always ‘respect the magic,'” he says.
Buoy Beer Company will continue to feature tattoo artists on the labels of its Love Lost at Sea series as it continues.
Buoy Beer Company will celebrate the third year of Love, Lost at Sea with two pairing dinners featuring tastings of all three vintages. On February 13th, join founding brewer Dan Hamilton and coastal ambassador Kevin Lee at the brewery for a four-course meal and brewery tour. On February 21st, Swank Restaurant (Portland) will create an incredible beer-highlighting menu that offers bright flavors of the PNW, rich offerings of the local waters, and a main course meant to bring the group together as a family.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.