Late October for kids could mean only one thing, a pail of candy with an assortment of flavors. For us grown ups, it means something entirely different: The release of the coveted bourbon barrel aged imperial stout from The Bruery. It’s basically candy for us beer-loving adults. Every year on the last Tuesday of October is the anticipated release of Bruery’s Black Tuesday. With intense flavors like chocolate, caramel, chocolate, and vanilla, this year the ABV is raised to 20.3% and not for the faint of heart.
Black Tuesday is highly allocated and have always been only available to Bruery’s Reserve, Hoarder’s, and Preservations Society Members (Bruery’s Beer Club, if you can get in). This year, however, the public has a chance to buy this beer via TheBueryStore.com for $29.99 with a 3 bottle limit. Just hurry because demand usually outstrips the supply.
Black Tuesday in all it’s fame and glory was almost never made on that day way back in 2008. Owner Patrick Rue explains on Youtube via FoodBeast what had happened. Since then after it’s popularity, various versions of Black Tuesday have come about including Black Tuesday Reserve and Rum-Barrel Aged Black Tuesday. Other variations included Melange #3 (Black Tuesday, Anniversary Ale, White Oak Sap), Grey Monday (Hazelnut Flavor Black Tuesday) , Mocha Wednesday (Coffee and Cocoa Nibs Black Tuesday), and my personal favorite Chocolate Rain (Cocoa Nibs and Vanilla Bean Black Tuesday). If you were lucky enough to attend the 2016 Firestone Walker invitational this year and waited in the hour long line, a Peanut Butter Black Tuesday was introduced.
As of today, new variations are introduced at their Black Tuesday release party on October 25 at Hundley Jr. Barrel Warehouse just steps from The Bruery. They included:
Black Tuesday Vertical: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Black Tuesday Port Barrel Aged
Black Tuesday Madeira Barrel Aged
PB& Thursday (Peanut Butter Inspired Black Tuesday)
Elvis Black Black Tuesday (Peanut Butter and Banana Inspired Black Tuesday)
Black Tuesday Reserve
Double Barrel Black Tuesday
Single Barrel Black Tuesday
Nanner Tersday (Banana, Vanilla Beans, and Graham Crakers)
Peach Cobbler Black Tuesday (Caramelized Peaches, Vanilla Bean, and Cinnamon)
Chocolate Rain Vertical 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
Cherry Chocolate Rain
Mocha Wednesday Vertical 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Grey Monday Vertical 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Wineification III -Black Tuesday with Grenache Grapes aged in Bourbon and French Oak
Frucht: Dry Hop Citra: Gry Hopped Berliner Weisse with Citra Hops
Juicy Tuesdays: East Coast Pale Ale with Vic’s Secret, Enigma, and Cashmere Hops.
Longest line goes to: Winenification III, Single Barrel Black Tuesday, Black Tuesday Port Barrel Aged (2014), Double Barrel Black Tuesday, and Black Tuesday Reserve (Pretty much the best thing there is) .
Food from Urge Gastropub and Brother’s provision included: Short Rib Grilled Cheese, Spicy Thai Spring Rolls, Pepperoni Caprese Skewers, Smoked Ahi Empanadas, and Assortment of cheese and meats For Dessert there were Spent Grain Cookies with Dried Cherries, Mexican Chocolate Mousse and Cocoa Nibs, Pumpkin Spice Fudge, and Boston Cream Pie. Other drink included Hank’s Gourmet Soda and Bundaberg drinks. For the coffee lovers, Mostra Coffee cold brew was excellent if you were able to try some.
Special sales for the Tshirt ($20), Tacker sign ( $40 sold out in minutes), and 2016 glassware ($10 which I broke a few feet from my car)
So for us grownups, we no longer have to settle for just a few flavors of Black Tuesday….we can be choosy like kids with various flavors and enjoy like responsible adults.