Bardo Brew Pub Tapping 14 Year Old White Lightnin’ Barleywine Sat. Oct. 26th

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From a press release:

“Bardo brewpub & beergarden will tap a FOURTEEN year old keg of beer Sat, Oct 26th, 3pm. The Bardo GABF award winning White Lightnin’ barleywine has been cellaring for the last fourteen years on a loyal patron’s property. It is believed to be one of the oldest beers on the planet. Aged to a fine perfection, the cask conditioned ale has fermented to approximately 13% ABV.

“We gave an old friend a keg of beer before we put the brewery in storage in the years ago and he appeared out of nowhere last July with keg in tow”, Bardo big cheese, Bill Stewart explained. “It was an old school keg, and he couldn’t find the correct tap for it”.

When asked about the rarity of a beer aged for so long, Stewart replied, “When was the last time you had a chance to taste fourteen year old beer? I, myself, can’t remember ever having that chance, how about you? I had some four year old Old Crustacean once.” referring to Newport Oregon’s Rogue Ales powerhouse Barleywine, known for a distinct Old Bay flavor.

Bardo won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their White Lightnin’ Barleywine in 1994, during their days at the forefront of the Clarendon nightlife scene in Arlington. Bardo would go on to medal in 1996 with Bundaberg Ginger Beer and 1997 with their flagship brew, Dremo Tibetan Sasquatch.

“We’ve had the keg of White Lightnin’ for a few months but were waiting for colder weather before tapping it”, commented Bardo minister of information, Andrew Stewart. “We thought barleywine, the fall outdoors and fire pits were the perfect complement to each other”.

NOTE: There are approximately 200 glasses in the keg. DO NOT get there late. $45 gets you a pour and a Commemorative Glass.

Bardo opened in July and is, for now, an entirely outdoor brewpub. A wide selection of craft brews on draft appeal to even the most discerning of beer enthusiasts. Bardo is 100% dog friendly every day with 15,000 square feet in our beer garden to roam off leash and a house dog who loves to play. Located at 1200 Bladensburg rd NE, Bardo has fire pits, cornhole, outdoor movie screenings/sports and is available for private parties/fundraisers, large and small, with no charge for the space.”

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  • 45 bucks for a glass of beer. Hmmm . . . . . no.

    • you get to keep the glass. so it’s really only like $40 for the beer. what a deal.

      • They are looking to make an eight THOUSAND dollar profit off of that keg?!! It’s not like they even had to factor in storage costs, somebody else did that for them. Unless they are terrible negotiators and this friend ripped them off to re-acquire the keg! I loved the old Bardo/Dremo/Ningaloo for it’s quirkiness and the beer, but I always got the sense they weren’t the best businessfolk.

        There are ample opportunities to taste vintage ales. Fuller’s Brewery out of the UK has released a vintage ale every year dating back to the mid-late 90’s. Further back you can find JW Lees and Thomas Hardy bottles going back to the early 80’s! Some of these are obviously quite rare and expensive, but I remember a few at the Brickskeller that ran in the $20-30 range.

        • That is, if they can sell it all. I have to wonder if there are even 200 people who would want to pay $45 to drink old beer.

          • People in Washington will overpay for everything.

            However barleywine is usually served in small 8oz tulip/goblet. I wouldn’t go into this thinking you’re gonna get a full pint.

  • Are they actually brewing on premises yet? I haven’t visited yet but heard that their beer selection was really not worth trekking all the way across town for. If they’re making their own beers, it’s a different story.

  • what if it’s awful? do you get your money back? I have this image of everyone raising their glass to toast, taking a sip, and then simultaneously spitting it out.

    • There is a good chance the keg is oxidized or has otherwise gone bad. It probably depends on how it was stored. There’s a big difference between “cellaring” and “sitting in an un-climate-controlled garage for 14 years”

      • justinbc

        +1 to this. I will pay for just about any type of unique beer experience. But asking that much, for something that’s been sitting in someone’s garage, is a bit outlandish.

  • Of course they tasted it before deciding to sell it. It’s been cask conditioned rather than bottle conditioned like the other beers mentioned in these comments. And there is a limited supply, unlike other beers mentioned in these comments. Word on the street: they don’t want to sell it. They would rather keep it and drink it themselves. That may have something to do with the price.

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