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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The End is Near: Engine 15 Brewing to Unleash the Dark Side of "Stoutageddon"


[Ed. Note: 12/26/2016: Engine 15 published the final tap list for this event on 12/26/2016. Get it here.] 

The end is near. 

Coinciding with the end of the year comes a tap takeover that may be a first. 

If names like "Imperial Chupacabra," "Hunahpu's," "Marshal Zhukov," and "Ten Fidy" send your sensory perceptions into a state of euphoria, then this event is certainly one for you. 

Engine 15 Brewing Company will host "Stoutageddon" at its Jacksonville Beach brewpub on December 29, starting at 6pm. As the name implies, the event highlights the "stout" beer style, and all things "stout," from "regular" (is there such a thing?) Stout to Russian Imperial Stout (higher ABV), to barrel-aged Stout (aged in bourbon/ whiskey barrels).  What makes the event unique is that mostly stouts -- and only beers from three breweries -- will flow from the 50 taps in the brewpub bar, giving new meaning to "takeover." 




Those familiar with Engine 15 Brewing Company know that the brewery releases its "Imperial Chupacabra" bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout (9% ABV) only once each year at its anniversary party in June. (For a look at the 2016 anniversary party and brewery background, see story here).  Look for it to make another appearance at the "Stoutageddon."  In addition, Engine 15 will launch a new Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla, and Ancho and Guajillo Chiles, says David Morenus, General Manager. 


While Engine 15 has a number of stouts in its brewery arsenal that see rotation on the menu board, tapping many stouts at one time would appear to be a major undertaking.  So, why not partner up with two breweries which produce highly-prized varieties of the darkness?

As David explains, he and Cigar City Brewing brewery rep Kyle Parker were exploring an event devoted to stout, and after Cigar City agreed to provide a keg of "Hunahpu's," the brainstorm flourished into an all-out "armageddon," and, as David says, "in true Engine 15 fashion, we went big!"  Cigar City's partner, Oskar Blues Brewery, kicked in kegs of "Ten Fidy" and "Ten Fidy" barrel-aged stouts, and the list continues to grow. All of Engine 15's taps will feature stouts and additional beers from the three breweries during the special event.  Engine 15 is keeping wraps on the tap list until next week, as it is being finalized, but recently offered a peek at the addition of "Marshal Zhukov's Vanilla Hazelnut Imperial Stout" on social media. 

Many of the beers will be available in sample-sized 4-oz. pours for beer flights, with some exceptions based on price and original pour size. Representatives from Cigar City Brewing and Oskar Blues will be present because, as David pointed out the obvious: "They wouldn't want to miss an event as cool as this one."  No doubt.

After the Christmas festivities are over, turn to the dark side. 

Engine 15 Brewing Company's Jax Beach brewpub is located at 1500 Beach Blvd.

If you follow this website and my posts on social media, you know that I'm partial to stouts, as one of my favorite beer styles. Generally, the stout style features flavors of chocolate, and many add coffee and/or other tastes, such as cherry, raspberry, and one of my favorites, vanilla. Stouts run the ABV range, with Imperial Stouts and the bourbon-barrel aged ones reaching double digits. Don't be afraid of the dark side, because it could be your destiny.

I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday Season! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Cheers,
Til next time,



Linda 








Linda Johnson, Certified Cicerone®



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