November 27th, 2017—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Among beer geeks these days (and we use that term affectionately) there’s a big emphasis on “fresh” beer. Beer lovers are paying closer attention to the date printed on the can or bottle and making sure to consume the contents in a timely fashion—to ensure the maximum flavor-experience.
In the case of our annual Vintage Ale, the precise time for consumption is a more flexible. That’s because this strong, dark, Belgian-style Ale—made for us by seasoned Canadian brewers—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 and protect the beer from that stale flavor that comes from oxidation. 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.
Drink it now and you’ll definitely be pleased—whether pairing it with roasted meats and potatoes, or with a slice of Nantucket Style Cranberry Pie. Drink it later (even way later!) and you’ll find that when stored upright, in a cool, dark place, Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale will have matured into an interesting, fresh-tasting ale. We’re selling 750 ml bottles of our 2017 Vintage Ale for $5.99* (plus deposit where applicable).
*TJ’S Vintage Ale is currently available in Trader Joe's stores where beer is sold. It is $5.99 plus tax and redemption. Alcohol availability & price may vary due to state laws, taxes, shipment fees & other such stuff.
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