A Brief History of Guv…class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-2073″ />With the upcoming release of our third edition of The Guvnor II series, we thought it was time to remind and clarify to everyone what this particular beer exploration is all about.
Originally brewed in 2011, we found our first ever batch of Guvnor being appreciated by beer lovers from all around. Later that year we put the beer to the test at the Australian International Beer Awards and were fortunate enough to take out the champion beer award in the scotch ale and barley wine category.
After enjoying the success this beer brought us, we thought it was fitting that for our 10th anniversary we re-brew The Guv………but this time doing things a little differently.
Brewed in May of 2017, this batch of Guvnor or ‘The Guvnor II’ as it soon became known, was set to become the horcrux of beers (apologies if you’re not familiar with Harry Potter). Following fermentation, the beer was split into 4 separate parts with the idea that each part would endure some form of variable. In other words, we wanted to put each part of Guvnor to the test and see how it would change and develop relevant to its environment over a period of time.
Another big part of this project was being able to ensure we took care of the ageing process from start to finish. By doing this we knew we could deliver the beer we wanted you to enjoy with no further ageing required. This doesn’t mean you can’t store or cellar, you definitely can! All you’ll be doing is more good drinking in name of some quality experimentation!
Part 1 we left in new French oak for 6 months, Part 2 experienced a year on our mezzanine in Starward whisky barrels and Part 3, our latest release and arguably the most exciting so far, has been aging for 2 years on our Beer Hall mezzanine in 1792 bourbon barrels brought over from the heart of bourbon country, Kentucky.
What makes this particular release so ‘special’ for lack of a better word was the devastation that occurred to the 1792 barrel house mid-last year. The entire structure collapsed and the company lost a large portion of its bourbon and consequently its barrels.
Fortunately for us we were lucky to have acquired a couple of these barrels at an earlier date, we can only hope this beer does justice to all that lost bourbon!
As with all our Guvnor releases, these are very hands on projects requiring countless hours from the brewers and team here at 2 Brothers. Part 3 is no different and is a particularly limited batch with just 30 cases to service our entire wholesale market and BeerHall customers.
As always, we recommend enjoying these out of a brandy balloon or snifter having been stored at room temperature.
If you’re lucky enough to have a few on hand, don’t be afraid to store them in a cool dark place and enjoy them in years to come. Part 3 available next Thursday from the BeerHall, Cheers from everyone here at 2 Brothers.
1792 Barrel House Collapse: here