We’re back into the winter warmers here on Barley&Hops! We had hoped to get this up last week however the guys at Woodstock were still frantically trying to get the packaging 100%. Specifically the really nice wax seal. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed, the Woodstock Brewery Sugarman is a beautifully bottled beer. And so, this will be the second Friday Beer featured on Barley&Hops from Murray and Dylan at Woodstock.
The Woodstock Sugarman is a Barrel Aged Belgian Quad, and, unlike the Mr Brownstone we featured a few weeks ago, it is not a seasonal beer. Because of the time involved in making the Sugarman it is currently the only beer in the breweries “Specialty” brews. As it is a specialty beer it comes in a 330ml rather than Woodstocks standard 440ml. At 10% you really only need 330ml.
A Belgian Quad, as described by BeerAdvocate is:
Inspired by the Trappist brewers of Belgium, a Quadrupel is a Belgian style ale of great strength with bolder flavor compared to its Dubbel and Tripel sister styles. Typically a dark creation that ranges within the deep red, brown and garnet hues. Full bodied with a rich malty palate.
We dropped a mail to Woodstock’s Head Brewer Murray to find out a little bit more about the brewing process. They went through fermentation before transferring it into red wine barrels. Once in the barrels they were left for 6 months to condition. The outcome is what we have here. Murray also let us know that they left some Sugarman in a barrel and added cherry, blackcurrant and raspberry to it. Another 6 months later and they will have a very limited batch of SugarDADDY.
So, Murray’s advice, get yourself 2 bottles of the Woodstock Brewery Sugarman while it is around. Enjoy one now and push the other to the back of your cupboard for a few months or for as long as you can hold out (he reckons it would be good for two years). Be sure to follow Woodstock on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
If there is a beer you feel deserves some extra recognition please don’t hesitate to get hold of us and we can contact the brewery.