Owd Mac’s Imperial Stout, a beer three years in the making, will be released in bottles exclusively at our production facility in East Lawrence (1927 Moodie Rd) on Saturday, June 9th beginning at 11am.
With a starting gravity of 26.5ºP and clocking in at 12.5% ABV, it’s easy to see why we call this bold brew a DOUBLE Imperial Stout. The base beer exhibits roasted, coffee-like aromas and flavors, with hints of caramel and just a touch of bitterness that balances the malt sweetness.
After primary fermentation, Owd Mac’s is transferred to American whiskey barrels for extended aging, picking up amazing aromas and flavors of vanilla, bourbon whiskey, figs, and port wine along the way. The original Owd Mac’s found a home in barrels from the McCormick distillery in Weston, MO, and the name Mac comes from this tradition. This iteration of Owd Mac’s was aged on freshly emptied Templeton Rye whiskey barrels, which lend a bold, spicy character of rye whiskey to the finish. Aged for three years in these special barrels, Owd Mac’s is truly a rare offering.
Owd Mac’s will be available in 375ml bottles for $12 each, with a limit of six per customer. The doors to our production facility will open at 11am. However, there will be a bar serving Free State beer, including a few other limited barrel offerings, beginning at 10am for those who opt to show up early.
To make the process as smooth as possible, we will allocate tickets as customers arrive. The number of tickets you claim (up to six) reserves the corresponding number of bottles that we will hold for you. Once you have received your tickets, feel free to grab a beer from the bar. When the doors open at 11am, you can walk through our production facility, enjoy live music, and engage with fellow beer enthusiasts. Redeem your tickets for bottles of Owd Mac’s as you depart, at which point payment will be due.
There will be food and merchandise for purchase on-site. A limited edition Owd Mac’s Imperial Stout t-shirt will be available for $20. If you purchase the Owd Mac’s shirt and wear it to Free State Brewery (636 Massachusetts) on Saturday, June 9th, you will receive 50% off beer (discount applies only on June 9th).
The bottle release event ends at 2pm.