Parish Brewing will release their annual barleywine, Grand Reserve, beginning Saturday at a huge brewery party. Tickets to Grand Reserve Day are sold out, so if you don’t have them already, you won’t be able to join in the fun. But never fear, bottles will hit store shelves next week and there should be some draft available at the usual places in and around south Louisiana.
So how is this year’s version? Amazing. It pours a deep ruby color with a nice head that fades quickly. The aroma is bready with a touch of hops. This beer drinks so smooth. It’s big, but not overpowering. There is a big malt profile with some hops and alcohol warmth. But it is such a smooth drinking beer, even at such a high ABV (it’s in the 11% range).
If you’re going to Grand Reserve Day, you’ll get to try this year’s vintage alongside the 2012 and 2013 vintages. And if you’re like me, you cellared some of the past two years bottles, for more at home research.
But don’t delay looking for this year’s release. If the last 2 years are any indication, these will sell out very quickly once they hit store shelves.
Big thanks to Parish founder and brewer, Andrew Godley, for this preview bottle.