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Co-op Brew Corner: Lower DeBoom & Barleywines

lowerdeboomLook for Barleywine-style ales in the Co-op’s Beer and Cider department. Barleywine can be a confusing title to some, as the term denotes a class of wine that has never met a grape.

Often intense and highly alcoholic, barleywine is a strong ale style typically made with copious amounts of malted barley grain and hops. Historically, barleywines were hearty brews designed to fortify the weather-weary and be enjoyed during the cooler months of the year.

Meet two of our barleywine:

Lower De Boom from 21st Amendment Brewing of San Francisco, CA. 11.5% Alcohol by volume / 92 IBUs. One of our newest barleywines, Lower De Boom is brewed at high gravity and aged for at least a year before its release. A powerfully balanced American-style barleywine, Lower De Boom is bursting with the bright, citrus flavors of Northwest-grown Amarillo, Cascade, and bittering Warrior hops. It’s also complimented by a complex blend of Pale, Vienna, Munich, Crystal, De-bittered Black, and Belgian Candi Sugar malts.

This “liquid gold” is inspired by a legend of two friends (Shaun and Nico) during the 1859 Gold Rush. Shaun and Nico arrived in the Bay area 10 years too late to join the Gold Rush, so they stopped in Cornelius De Boom’s supply store in search of treasure. Storekeeper Cornelius immediately pegged them as suckers and sold them a forged “treasure map”. The map leads them to the middle of the Bay in a dinghy. They find two boxes of riches: one contains gold ingots, the other contains an old, perfectly preserved beer. Suddenly, the dinghy springs a leak! They grab the beer and leave the gold. With this “liquid gold”, the two friends take over De Boom’s supply store and become beer barons.

Lower De Boom pours chestnut golden brown with notes of toast, toffee, and malt, with a warming alcohol finish. A sipper for the end of a long day, it’s the first American craft beer in a can offered in the traditional barleywine “nip” size. Pair Lower De Boom with sweet and salty foods, such as G.H. Cretor’s Chicago Mix of Cheddar and Caramel Popcorn or spicy-sweet hot Thai chile dishes. Lower De Boom is on sale now for $12.99 per 4 pk of 8.4 oz cans.

nogflogNoggin Floggin Barley Wine from Hopworks (HUB) Brewing of Portland, OR – 9.5% Alcohol by volume / 70(ish) IBUs. Made will all organic ingredients in one of Portland’s most popular brewpubs, Noggin Floggin is a hefty, yet balanced, barleywine. With mellow vanilla and dark fruit flavors, this barleywine is designed to age with the best of ’em. Buy one to drink now, and buy one to age and save for later.

For nearly 10 years, family-owned and operated Hopworks has been crafting fine ales and lagers using locally-sourced, organic, and Salmon-Safe hops. Their 20-barrel brewery produces 13,500 barrels of beer a year for its two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. Hopworks supports sustainability and environmental stewardship — from composting and using salvaged materials and hand dryers, they are the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest and their campus is the first Salmon-Safe-Certified brewery in the world. Pair Hopworks Noggin Floggin with rich and creamy dessert foods. It would also pair well with crab-spiked mac-n-cheese or pizza topped with blue cheese, sliced figs, gouda, and proscuitto. Noggin Floggin is on sale now for $8.99 per 22 oz.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.