I don’t write about every single collaboration that happens here in Cincinnati, I mean, we’re at the point now with close to 40 breweries that there are a lot of collaboration beers that happen from time to time.  I just can’t keep up.  This one really caught my attention, though.

So, Fifty West won a bronze medal at GABF, and that’s pretty sweet.  Their Going Plaid is well deserving of the title, it’s on of my top Scotch Ales for sure.  (Actually, if you want to read my tasting notes about it, you should probably do that now that we’re talking about it).  As sweet as it was to have one of our brewery’s bring home this medal, Fifty West has found a way to make it even cooler.

Our Powers Combined!

The other two winners in the same category last year were Real Ale Brewing Company from Blanco Texas (with Real Heavy) and Revelry Brewing Co from Charleston, South Carolina (with Oh My Darlyn).  The three brewery’s started talking about creating what they are calling a “Super-Duper version of what was already world class examples of the style” according to head brewer Blake Horsburgh.

So… why the heck not.  They collaborated on a beer that is being called Wee Heavy Bevvy which will be tapped on Friday, March 24th at all three breweries.  The brew takes the characteristics that you love about the style, and infusing it with the personal influences from each of the three unique brewers and their award winning beers.

Why is this so cool?  It’s breweries doing something really special, just because it’s fun.  It’s fun that luckily we (as drinkers) get to benefit from, too.

About Wee Heavy Bevvy

The beer is obviously a Scotch Ale – it comes in at 10.4% ABV and 25 IBUs.  All three breweries are using the same recipe, which they developed together remotely via phone and email.  It’s a dark, deep color with a malty sweet flavor with a little bit of hop bitterness.  The beer was brewed using a little bit of peat smoked malt for a slightly smoky depth of character, and also got a bit of dark crystallized malt for a dark fruity taste as well.

I can’t wait to give this one a try!

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