Trader Joe’s 2016 Vintage Ale

Trader Joe’s 2016 Vintage Ale

November 28th, 2016—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed. 

Beer is usually thought of as a “drink now” kind of beverage, as in: “Hey, when you’re at Trader Joe’s, pick us up a six-pack to drink while we watch the game this afternoon!” What if we offered a beer and suggested you wait a year before cracking it open? Trader Joe’s 2016 Vintage Ale is a beer that becomes more complex and interesting as time goes by—making this “drink later” proposition an interesting one, indeed. Our strong, dark, Belgian-style ale has an additional bit of fresh yeast added to it just before bottling. This causes a second fermentation in the bottle, leaving behind “lees” (sediment) that add much to the flavor and mouthfeel of this Ale. And since this beer is not pasteurized, the original aromas and flavors (cocoa and malt, with notes of citrus, ginger, and baking spices) evolve through aging to gain even more complexity.

Choose to drink it now and you’ll definitely be pleased. Or, you can let it mature while you enjoy last year’s, Trader Joe’s 2015 Vintage Ale. What? You say you didn’t buy one last year? We can’t let this happen again! Our 2016 Vintage Ale in a 750 ml bottle sells for the “buy now” price of $5.99* (plus deposit where applicable).


*Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale is currently available in Trader Joe's stores where wine is sold. It is $5.99 plus tax. Alcohol availability & price may vary due to state laws, taxes, shipment fees & other such stuff. 

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