It has been more than two years since we at Side Project could host a large Brewery Garage release with you! We are thrilled to announce that this Saturday, May 21st, at 1pm, we'll finally be opening that back brewery garage to release Shared Barrel-Aged Ambiente 2022. BA Ambiente is the Barrel-Aged version of our Mexican Chocolate Stout, Ambiente.
Beer Details from Cory:
For the 2022 BA Ambiente release, we knew we wanted to use Rye Whiskey Barrels exclusively. So the Brewers and I planned to brew and fill more Rye barrels to become BA Ambiente and Rye BBT. We felt if we used Rye BBT as the base for BA Ambiente, the harmony of the Rye Barrel and Mexican Chocolate flavors would be best for this beer.
So for this 2022 release, we blended Rye BBT 2022 and BA Ambiente 2022 at the same time, using our palates to find what would be best for the heart of both beers. The Barrel-Aged Ambiente blend consists of our Vibes and D3 recipes which were aged in Willett Family Estate 4 year and 5 year Rye Barrels for 13 to 44 months and StilL630 Rallypoint Rye Barrels for 29 months. This blend was slowly chosen after more than 2 days of pulling samples from our huge lot of Imperial Stouts resting in Rye Whiskey barrels. Once blended, we finished the base of this beer on Ghana Cocoa Nibs, Mexican Vanilla Beans, Freshly Ground Cinnamon and Ancho Chiles.
We are excited to share this beer once again with you and show how the Rye Barrels are the perfect compliment for this blend of adjuncts in one of our Blended Barrel-Aged Stouts. We know that we will continue to focus on aging more in Rye Whiskey Barrels just to continue this expression for this beer in the future.
This To-Go Garage release is at 1pm when the Brewery Opens. BA Ambiente will also be available for on-site enjoyment at all three (yes, THREE!) Side Project locations: Brewery Tasting Room, The Side Project Cellar and our new Shared patio spot with Pizza Champ.
In addition to the on-site BA Ambiente bottles, the Brewery Tasting Room will have limited amounts of 2019 & 2021 Beer : Barrel : Time bottles for on-site enjoyment and The Side Project Cellar will have limited amounts of 2018 & 2020 Beer : Barrel : Time bottles for on-site enjoyment! We are super excited to celebrate this big garage release weekend with you!
Oh! And reminder that on Friday, May 20th, the Double Bourbon Barrel-Aged Generational (from one single Bourbon Barrel) will be available for on-site enjoyment at the Brewery Tasting Room and The Side Project Cellar.
So! We are excited to see you this weekend! Pack your sunscreen (or umbrellas? It's St. Louis so who knows!) and your water jugs and come join your local beer community in our brewery parking lot this Saturday. It has been a little while, so just a few quick reminders:
- Our Brewery parking lot will be closed to cars Saturday until after the release.
- We think using a DD or a ride share service is a great idea! If you decide to drive, please use public Maplewood parking. (The large lot next to The Side Project Cellar is a public lot!)
- All bottle sharing in the parking lot ends at 1pm when we open for business.
- Watch for traffic if you are crossing streets! Watch for humans if you are driving! Everyone be safe!
Thank you all for your love of our Barrel-Aged Beers and we are excited to see you this Saturday! Cheers!
- Cory, Karen & SP Team