This Thursday (February 20th, starting at 3pm), Mad Fox Brewing is holding a special sneak peek of their Barleywine Festival by offering happy hour specials on select cask-conditioned barleywines. It is the perfect preview of their massive Barleywine Festival (read more here) that is taking place this Saturday & Sunday at the brewpub. Here's what is featured on Thursday:
For Thursday night only (3pm-9pm) several different choice cask conditioned (warmer, not carbonated) barleywine brews will be offered at Happy Hour prices ($2 off). The barleywine specials will extend past traditional happy hour and be available til 9pm. Here is what is on tap:
Mad Fox Brewing Slobberknocker (8%):
A big, bold and hoppy American-style Barleywine. This very full-bodied deep reddish hued brew has a rich malt backbone supported by the bold hop flavors of the American grown hop varietal Citra. This strong beer is brewed in December for the following year and will age nicely. We plan on putting some of this beer away to allow the flavors to complex with age. (via Mad Fox)
Mad Fox Brewing Citrus Slobber:
The Slobberknocker infused with orange peel.
Mad Fox Brewing Headcracker (9%):
An English-style golden barleywine brewed with English pale and German pilsner malts to lend a light biscuit flavor on the palate. This brew is hopped with the English hop varietal, First Gold to lend just enough bitterness to balance the malt notes. (via Mad Fox)
Mad Fox Brewing Crystal Cracker:
The Headcracker dry hopped with Crystal hops.
Starr Hill Bandstand Barleywine (10.5%):
Starr Hill’s Bandstand Barleywine Ale is a full-bodied brew with massive caramel malt notes reminiscent of burnt sugar and toffee. American hops from the Pacific Northwest more than balance the intense malt flavors, while dry-hopping lends a floral aroma. With an alc. by vol of 10.5%, this beer is perfect for cellaring. (via Starr Hill)
Lost Rhino 2014 2,200 Pounds of Sins:
A Barley-wine style ale.
Aside from tasting the beer you can also pick up your Barleywine Festival long sleeve T-shirts this night and be the cool kid wearing the T-shirt of the band you are going to see.
The Barleywine Festival is taking place on Saturday, Feb 22nd - Sunday, Feb 23rd. This free event features $3 samples of 30+ barleywines from 12 across the country (and 1 from the UK) and special menu items. For more information and to see which breweries are participating, click here.
Mad Fox Brewing Company is located at 444 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046 - (703) 942-6840
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