Release Date: June 5, 2018

Wibby Brewing to release barrel-aged Russian imperial lager in bottles


 Longmont, Colo. -  
     Wibby Brewing is set to release barrel-aged variations of its Russian imperial lager, 9 Toed Nihilist, on Friday, June 8, marking only the second time the downtown Longmont brewery has bottled a beer in its nearly three-year history.
     9 Toed Nihilist — a lager rich with flavors of coffee, roasted barley, chocolate, and toffee — was aged in four different barrels: rum; bourbon; and rum and bourbon filled with Hotbox Roasters cold-pressed coffee, vanilla beans, and cacao nibs. These were packaged in half-liter bottles, and will be $15 each. There will be about 200 bottles of each and no limit to how many can be purchased. 
     Ryan Wibby, brewmaster and president, said he wanted "to create a kind of mocha" with this taproom-only release.
     "9 Toed Nihilist has so many layers of flavor, and I knew that aging this beer in barrels would only add to the complexity of flavors that we were seeing with the unaged product," Wibby said. "I have coffee mixed with 9 Toed Nihilist on Saturday mornings to give me a little pick up. I thought that doing this in a barrel would bring out different flavors in the beer."
     This is only the second beer Wibby Brewing has barrel-aged and bottled. Last year on Black Friday, the brewery released 600 bottles of rum and bourbon barrel-aged Double Dunkel, a chocolate malted-beer lagered over vanilla beans, one of Wibby Brewing's most popular seasonals. The bottles sold out in two days.
     More barrel-aged Double Dunkel will be available in October, Wibby said.
     Wibby Brewing, the second largest self-distributing craft brewery in Colorado, cans its three year-round flagship beers, Lightshine Helles, Moondoor Dunkel and Wibby IPL, and certain seasonals, which is currently the Lightshine Radler for the summer. 
     Founded in the fall of 2015, Wibby Brewing is a lager-only brewery. The taproom is located at 209 Emery St. and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.