There are a variety of barleywine ales on the market today, with styles ranging from traditional English barleywine ales to American barleywine ales. No one style seems to be the leader and overall, the entire brewing style is gaining quite a lot of popularity, especially during the Spring season with its bi-polar weather and new sparks of life.
Barley wine may sound to you like some fancy wine clothed in a slightly less fancy bottle, however, that is not the case. Barley wine is actually a type of craft beer, though it is known for being quite a bit higher in ABV and is produced a bit differently than other craft beers. The name lends to it an elegance that has made it quite popular, along with its higher ABV.
One of the great characteristics of barley wine is its ability to be aged in a cellar, much like regular wine. This makes it quite the collector’s item, as different bottles can be aged for varying lengths of time to compare the results at a much cheaper price than the premium wines on the market, allowing you to enjoy a little of the best of both worlds.
There are a wide range of craft breweries that produce barley wine throughout the United States. We’ve listed a few of our favorites below for you to seek out and try. The ageable nature of these craft brews makes it much more likely that you will be able to find them, even if they are no longer available on the shelf.
If you’ve come across any other really great barley wines in your travels, leave us a comment and let us know about them. Your story just might be the inspiration for our next brew feature and we love to hear from our readers. In the meantime, from all of us here at West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault in South Florida, happy crafting!
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