As you may have spotted, we’ve just launched our premium, organic and vegan barleywine ale to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Based on a traditional English brewing method, LVB X is fruity and malty, with a 10% ABV and is perfect for enjoying during the long winter months.
A traditional English Barley Wine is a strong beer – usually around 8-12% and dates back to the 18th Century. Originally brewed for the upper classes as an alternative to Claret, we’ve drawn on this to create our guide to enjoying the little luxuries of life whilst supping a glass of LVB X.
From choosing the right glass, to matching it with a £700 block of cheese, our guide covers it all, but only 100 bottles of LVB X will be available via the brewery’s website from 7th December priced at £18.00 including P&P, with the rest being sold via independent retailers across Yorkshire, so order quickly to ensure you can enjoy a taste of this limited edition ale.
It’s time to forget the stein
To really enjoy LVB X, or any traditional barley wine, try pouring it into a Snifter – typically used for serving brandy or cognac. This will provide space to enjoy the aromas of the beer, whilst making you feel pretty classy at the same time.
Get your glad rags on
If you’re drinking a premium beer, you need to feel premium. For the gents, get your James Bond suit and tie out, for the ladies put on your best jewellery and a splash of Chanel No 5. Beer isn’t just for dark pubs; so don’t be scared to get dressed up to feel a bit fancy.
Beer and cheese – a perfect couple
Beer experts know that a classic barley wine goes perfectly with Stilton cheese. But if you really want to step up the luxury, enjoy it with a piece of Pule – produced in Serbia and retailing at around £734 per kilogram, it’s the perfect pairing for such a magnificent drink.
Ditch the cosy blanket
If you’re enjoying your barley wine on the sofa in front of the telly, then channel your inner Cleopatra with the finest silk throws and velvet cushions. The 18th Century upper classes wouldn’t have settled for anything less, so why should you? For extra fancy-points, keep your little finger out while you take a sip.
Our Master Brewer and Co-owner, Wim, commented:
“Lots of people think they know how to enjoy a good beer, but they don’t consider every factor that goes into enjoying the perfect pint. A barley wine is just too tasty (and too strong!) to be guzzled down and needs to be treated properly. With the launch of LVB X, we want to show beer drinkers everywhere that sometimes the old ones are the best and they don’t always need to turn to the new brews, or international craft beers, for something different!”
Beer writer and editor of the Good Beer Guide, Roger Protz, added his review:
“Brewed with 8 European hops, ruby red colour with enormous aroma of pistachio nuts, marzipan, sweet grain and floral and spicy hops. Rich grain, nuts and sweet candied fruits dominate the palate with a gentle hint of spicy hops. Sweetness fades in the finish with nuts and fruit taking control, balanced by spicy hops and ending bittersweet and finally dry. A beer that will improve with age.”
Yorkshire stockists of LVB X include:
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