Posts Tagged ‘Barley Wine’


Get it while you can

July 16, 2009

I recently developed a bit of an interest in a drop called Thomas Hardy’s ale after reading about it in a beer mag. It’s an 11.7% Barley Wine that was first brewed in 1968 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of the novelist and poet. As such a robust brew, the ale cellars well and the local Fresh Choice recently obtained quite a stash of the 2004 vintage. While always intending to pick up a bottle, at $9.50 for 250mls I wasn’t in a huge hurry.

So this morning when I read Geoff Griggs’ weekly Marlborough Express column where he notes that the ales days are quite possibly numbered, I made haste for the Supermarket and picked up two of the remaining four bottles.

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In addition, I got chatting to the beer guy and quizzed him about the availability of the soon to be released Epic Armageddon. The rep had just been in and there’s only one pallet for the South Island, which means only a couple of cases for Fresh Choice – looks like I better keep my eyes peeled for that one.