Ryetopia is back by popular demand. This barrel-aged barley wine was released late fall, 2013 and sold out almost immediately. Our 2nd batch is just as fantastic, and will most likely sell out quickly again. 97/100 Rate Beer rating
Ryetopia was brewed with a generous portion of malted and crystal rye, which lends a spicy complexity to the beer. To balance out the malt flavors, Ryetopia was hopped with Bravo, Apollo and Cascade hops. Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, this is a smooth sipper of a beer that will age will in the years to come.
According to HBC Head Brewer Greg Filippi, Ryetopia is our homage to the delicious yet often overlooked rye malt. We started with a big, bold barley wine style ale, then beefed it up with a healthy dose of rye malt and crustal rye (about 16% of the total grist). Rye is known for its dry, slightly spicy flavor in beer. Crystal rye goes through a different malting process which converts some of the starches in the grain into simpler sugars before we add it to our mash. This results in a sweeter flavor, adding hints of licorice and toffee to the finished beer.