Rum Quad Returns August 23rd!

Each year, as September approaches, we get ready to drop all the barrel-aged beers we’ve been letting rest through the summer. We’ve got some exotic new brews for you this fall, but first, we need to revisit an old favorite.

This Saturday, August 23rd, we’re bringing back Rum Barrel Quandary! For this year’s vintage, we switched up the barrels, but the result is just as tasty. The spicy kick from new world spirits complements Quandary’s malty sweetness perfectly. Even at 10.2% ABV, Rum Quad drinks smooth.

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We’ll have it both on tap and in bottles on Saturday at 1pm. We’ll also pour a limited amount of last year’s vintage, so you can taste the difference the barrel – and a year of age – can make.

Bombers will cost $15 with a limit of three. If you’re a fan of Rum Quad, stock up; quality rum barrels are hard to find, so we can’t guarantee annual releases of this brew. We bottled 135 cases total of this batch.

Colorado stores will receive bottles next week. Rum Barrel Quandary will also be the first barrel-aged beer released in Kansas City during our September 16th kickoff week.

Other exotic barrel releases coming soon: tequila-aged J. Marie, Manhattan-aged Quad and Barrel Blonde. And of course, this year we’ll see the return of Whiskey Barrel J. Marie, Whiskey Barrel Quandary and Barrel Aged Avarice.

We hope you’re as excited as us!

Cheers,

-RNB

Kansas City, we’re coming to you!

First Denver. Then Colorado. Now Kansas City!

For the first time, we’re ready to start sending our beer out of state. Starting in mid-September, Central States Beverage Company will bring the full lineup, including some barrel-aged brews, to both sides of the Kansas City border!

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Of course, Colorado will always be our home. But we’re excited to take the next step and get our beer to more thirsty fans! Central States provides the unique opportunity to send beer to both Kansas and Missouri, where Matt and Jess are respectively from.

The party starts September 15th with an invite-only shindig at Central States’ warehouse. They’ll be giving away tickets on their social media (@CSBev or fb/CentralStatesBeverage), so follow them there if you want to join the fun. Then at 6:30p, we move to Barleys Brewhaus in Leawood for the first public tapping!

The first bottles and cans will hit Kansas City shelves Tuesday the 16th, including house favorites Hoppenberg, J. Marie and River North White. But we intend to get all our beers to KC fans, including some barrel-aged rarities!

Throughout the week of September 15th, we’ll be making the rounds to the best taphouses and bottle shops in town. Follow us using #RNBinKC to meet up and share a beer with our Brewmaster Matt!

See you in KC!

Cheers,

-RNB

River North Tripel debuts Saturday, August 9th!

Around here, we’re a little unconventional with our beer releases. Avarice was first released during a June heat wave. Our spring beer was an oaked quad. And now, even though it’s near August, we’re introducing a summer brew.

On Saturday, August 9th, we give you…River North Tripel!

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You didn’t think we’d make just another summer beer, did you? Bursting with notes of apricot, pear and lemon, River North Tripel finishes with a crisp, dry bite. And yes, it’s just a hair over 9% ABV.

As always, both drafts and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party August 9th. Bottles will cost $9, and even though we only brewed a single batch, there will be no bottle limit.

Many of you have been clamoring to see what we can do with a Tripel, and after perfecting the recipe, we think we’ve nailed it. Who knows, maybe we’ll turn this into a year-round beer someday…

But for now, with only 15 barrels, this release will be as fleeting as summer…don’t miss it!

Cheers,

-RNB

Grand Unified Theory! Saturday, July 26th!

Around here, we’re always looking for new exotic flavors for our barrel-aged brews. And if you’ve spoke with any of our brewers in the last few months, you know we’ve been giddy about some cocktail barrels we recently scored.

Well now the first is ready. Saturday, July 26th at 1pm, we give you…

Grand Unified Theory, our imperial witbier aged in Boulevardier cocktail barrels!

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Oh yes we did…

Straight bourbon whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitter orange liqueur lend Grand Unified Theory a spicy citrus note that is the perfect complement to its robust wheat backbone. We promise you’ve never tasted anything like this before (we hadn’t!).

The first in a series of cocktail-barrel-aged releases, both drafts and bombers-to-go of Grand UT will be available at the July 26th release party. Bottles will cost $15 with a limit of three per person.

We also have two other cocktail-barrel-aged beers in the works. Big City Quad is an amped-up Quandary recipe aged in Manhattan barrels. And for those who remember the draft-only taproom beer Barrel Blonde, we’re working on a full bottle release of that too (aged in a blend of Manhattan, Boulevardier and whiskey barrels). Both of these will release in the next couple months.

It’s gonna be a tasty end to the summer!

-RNB

2014-2015 Locals’ Club details!

The Locals’ Club: where regulars become friends.

Many of you have been asking about this year’s rendition of our VIP group. We will likely only have a few spots available this year, so mark your calendars.

New spots in the 2014-2015 Locals’ Club will be available Sunday, July 20th at 1pm, on a first-come, first-served basis in the taproom.

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As always, last year’s Locals will have a chance to renew before new spots go on sale (check your emails, Locals – spam folder too!). We will keep the cap at 100, so we expect to have only a couple dozen spots for newcomers. We’ll announce the exact number shortly before the public sale.

This year’s membership includes:

  • $1 off each and every beer you consume in the taproom for the entire year
  • Exclusive, stainless steel swing-top 32-ounce “Locals” growler
  • Mega-official keychain bottle opener – this is your membership card
  • Locals-only holiday party – we shut down the whole brewery and pull out the good stuff
  • Exclusive usage of Locals glassware in the taproom
  • And finally, new this year: Locals who absolutely cannot make a bottle release will be allowed to purchase after-the-fact from brewery reserves

The 2014-2015 Locals’ Club membership will sell for $60. After this year, new members will only be allowed to join when existing members choose not to renew, so if you want in, don’t miss out this year!

Words cannot express how grateful we are to all the Locals that have supported us over the years. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you all.

Cheers!

-RNB

Oud Bruin! Saturday, June 14th!

Finally, it’s time!

After nearly two years, Oud Bruin is ready!!! Our longest running project, we’re damn proud of this brew.

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Debuting Saturday, June 14th at 1pm, Oud Bruin is an exercise in balance: tartness from Lacto, funk from Brett, sweet Belgian malts and a lingering wine finish come together to create one of our most anticipated beers yet.

As always, draft and bottles will both be available at the release party. Bottles (750ml) will cost $20, limit 2, and they are numbered.

While Oud Bruin has been aged 20 months in the barrel, it will also develop further in the bottle over time. We encourage you to drink one bottle fresh, and cellar the second.

It’s not that often we release a beer like this!

Do. Not. Miss it!

Barrel Reserve 2014! Memorial Weekend!

We love Barrel Reserve. Not only does it let us flex our creative muscle, but it also opens up endless possibilities for barrel blending.

Last year we blended three whiskey-aged beers. This time around, we wanted to take it a different direction.

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Barrel Reserve 2014 will debut Saturday, May 24th at 1pm! This year’s vintage is a blend of three ales aged in four types of barrels: Oloroso Sherry barrels from Spain, Chardonnay barrels from California, and Whiskey barrels from Colorado and Utah.

This blend gives Barrel Reserve 2014 a delicate and complex flavor, balancing the malt sweetness of our traditional Belgian brews with dry wine and sherry notes and finishing with a touch of oak.

We’ll have Barrel Reserve on tap and in bottles throughout Memorial Day Weekend. Bombers will run $15 each with a 4-bottle limit.

If that weren’t enough, we’ll also have a limited amount of last year’s Barrel Reserve on tap and in bottles to-go. Available starting at 1pm on the 24th, these will go fast, so if you want to try both vintages side-by-side get here early.

One final note: we’ll also extend our Sunday hours starting May 25th. During the summer, we’ll open at 1pm and close at 9pm every Sunday.

Cheers!

-RNB