It’s nearly presale o’clock, which means an array of stupendously tasty new delights will be up for grabs online Saturday morning at 10AM. It also means that it’s officially time to grab a beverage and settle in for our special release highlight. While this particular drop is a truly astounding, borderline overwhelming dreamscape of potable deliciousness, we’re focusing our collective gaze to a Leisuretown-born work of stout-craft, Silence of Light—and what a beauty it is.
Leisuretown, our Anaheim outpost, has become an irreplaceable force in our production strategy. Even with the challenges that come with acclimating to new surroundings: fine-tuning a new brew deck, getting the crew in sync, and functioning in general (especially in the face of a global pandemic)--there have been some seriously glorious gems emerging from Leisuretown already, and we’re particularly digging the lean into the non-barrel-aged imperial stout in 12oz cans. Our OC brew-wizards have masterfully honed their powers of fermentation, and have been cranking out these feats of excellence consistently, which is, like, really, really impressive. This beer is no exception, and it’s even more exciting because it’s a collaborative endeavor with the folks at Equilibrium Brewery. Based out of Middleton, New York, these badasses are driven by their near-unquenchable thirst for knowledge, with an intense focus on research and exploration. Equal parts scientists and brewers, their team boasts an intense curiosity that we were supremely stoked to harness.
Silence of Light began with an intricate malt bill: a 2-row base with a supporting cast of malts and cereal grains like rolled oats, oat malt, pale chocolate malt, chocolate wheat malt, double roasted crystal, Heritage Crystal, and a touch of Blackprinz malt. It was then loaded with a whopping 180lbs of pistachios, hand-roasted in the Leisuretown kitchen. Then, 15lbs of Ugandan Vanilla entered the fray along with 60lbs of Cocoa Nibs, through which the beer was recirculated for an additional 5 days for maximum flavor impact. The nose on the resulting beverage is all fudge, with the daintiest whiff of vanilla. It’s medium-bodied, with a gargantuan chocolate fudgy presence, followed up by swirling notes of marshmallow with a subsequent silky-smooth, Amaretto-like finish, thanks to the pistachios. It’s Decadent with a capital D, and we are stoked to treat you all.
This concludes the special release highlight. Silence of Light will be up for grabs Saturday in the online presale. Quantities are limited, so if you want in on this cocoa explosion, we’d recommend having your clicking fingers primed and ready to strike at 10AM. We sincerely hope that everyone is hanging in there, and can’t wait to unleash these titans of scrumptiousness. Stay excellent, friends. Cheers!