Christmas has come early: Real Ale Brewing’s elusive series of barrel-aged and sour beers, known under the Mysterium Verum label, are going to be more easily available starting on Black Friday.
That’s when the Blanco brewery will be releasing about 1,600 bottles of Tenebra Aeterna — a barrel-aged sour porter — throughout Texas. Though the initial bottle launch is staying small and may mean a bit of a hunt is in store, Real Ale is offering fans a little closer to home the chance to get bottles on Nov. 26, the day after Black Friday.
Two Blanco-area stores will each have more than 100 bottles once they open that morning, 10 a.m. for Hill Country Liquor and 10:30 a.m. for Redbud Cafe. They’re selling the beers first come, first serve, so you’ll want to get there early. Each customer is also limited to one bottle only.
Bottle in hand, you’ll then want to head over to Real Ale for the Bottle Release Party, which starts early — 10:30 a.m. — with a special Barrel Room Open House featuring Head Brewer Schmitty and Director of Brewing Operations Tim Schwartz. They’ll be in the Barrel Room through 1 p.m. “signing bottles and answering all your beer questions about Mysterium Verum, Real Ale and life,” according to the brewery.
Plus, Real Ale will have Tenebra Aeterna and the Barrel-Aged 20th Anniversary Ale on tap, along with 12 other beers and the cask engine. Need to start stocking up on stocking stuffers? Look for Mysterium Verum glassware, new Mysterium Verum shirts and 20th Anniversary Bottle Cap Maps.
It’s certainly been an exciting 2016 for Real Ale and its many fans. Real Ale Brewing turned 20 in April and has been releasing all sorts of surprises throughout the year, including a new beer, the draft-only Axis IPA.
Here’s what to expect from your bottle of Tenebra Aeterna:
“Latin for ‘eternal darkness,’ Tenebra Aeterna means more than just the absence of light; it brings a shadow of dark malt into the realm of sour beers,” according to the brewery. “A robust porter brewed with chocolate and black malts is interred in oak with nothing but our MV House Culture to keep it company. After many moons the ale emerges, and we meet a sour beer unlike any that has heretofore been seen. Tenebra Aeterna is marked by notes of dark, sour fruit and a tantalizing character of subtle roast and cocoa. Come out of the light, and embrace the darkness.”
Why, yes, let’s do that.
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