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Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s “Pugafest” Celebrates Four Barrel-Aged Beer Releases on Dec. 6th

November 25, 2014


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Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s “Pugafest” celebrates four barrel-aged beer releases on Dec. 6th

Newly launched webpage takes fans behind the scenes of the beers’ creation

REDLANDS, CA – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s biggest barrel-aged beer release of the year has come to be known as “Pugafest”, taking its name from their massive bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, which makes its annual return on that day. This year’s event falls on Saturday, December 6th and will feature the largest number of new packaged beers the brewery has ever launched at once- four bottle releases in a single day, including one which is exclusive to members of the brewery’s recently launched Barrel Roll Membership Club. Hangar 24’s Tasting Room will be celebrating by putting ten different variations of Pugachev’s Cobra on tap, opening their archive for a vintage bottle sale, and welcoming two bands for a day of live music. Hours for the event and details on the four new releases are available on the brewery’s website posting about Pugafest, along with a list of details for the day’s bottle sale, draught offerings, and musical guests.

It’s also a banner year for the flagship beer of the day, Pugachev’s Cobra, which at 18.9% alc. by vol. is not just the highest ABV beer Hangar 24 has ever produced, but one of the highest ABV beers to be released in America this year. This will also be the largest bottling run the beer has ever seen, surpassing 10,000 bottles for the first time.

To ease the pain of waiting until December 6th to try this year’s releases, Hangar 24 is offering fans a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry, science, and time that goes into a beer like Pugachev’s Cobra with their brand-new Barrel Roll Program webpage.

With this new insider’s guide to barrel-aging Hangar 24 seeks to throw open the doors to their barrelhouse, and to bring interested craft beer fans deeper into the complicated processes and steps involved in crafting barrel-aged beer. The brewery’s Barrel Roll program has grown to house close to 300 barrels, including a newly expanded sour beer initiative which has its own dedicated section on the new page, promising a host of brand new sour releases throughout 2015. The new page also includes a tab on cellaring beer, for craft beer drinkers who wish to begin building a home cellar to experiment with aging beers in their own home.

About Hangar 24 Craft Brewery: Hangar 24 Craft Brewery was founded in 2008 across from the Redlands, California airport.  Widely known for their flagship beer, Orange Wheat, the brewery takes its name from the hangar in which Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook and his fellow pilots would meet up with family and friends for a day of flying. Afterwards they would share stories, barbecue, play music and enjoy Ben’s latest batch of homebrews. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery embodies that spirit: good beer, a love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being among good friends.

Pugafest falls on Dec. 6th – A Quadruple Beer Release!

November 25, 2014

Pugachev’s Cobra is the biggest beer we brew, and this year’s batch is the biggest yet at 18.9% ABV. It’s only fitting that the day we release our biggest beer is one of our biggest celebrations of the year! Mark December 6th in your calendars with a giant “PUGAFEST,” because we’ve got four new Pugachev’s Cobra releases (full details on each below), the first Membership Club box pickup, an archive bottle sale, 10+ Pugachev’s Cobra variations on tap, and a day of live music.

We’ll be opening early from 9am-11am for BOTTLE SALE and CLUB PICKUP ONLY, this way we can work through the lines for the ultra-limited 2014 Pugachev Royale and Pugachev’s Cobra 25 Year Bourbon Barrel bottles. Once the lines clear and 11am rolls around, we’ll be throwing open the taps and kicking off the full celebration.

Here’s everything we’ve got lined up on Saturday, December 6th:

• 2014 Pugachev’s Cobra
• 2014 Pugachev’s Cobra 25
• 2014 Pugachev Royale
• 2013 Pugachev’s Cobra
• 2012 Pugachev’s Cobra
• 2011 Pugachev’s Cobra

11am Tasting Room opens for full celebration until midnight, including:

Live Music:
• 11am-2pm The Higgs
• 3-6pm ColeSlaw

Ten Pugachev’s Cobra Variations Pouring:

• NEW 2014 Pugachev’s Cobra
• NEW 2014 Pugachev’s Cobra through our new Randall
• NEW 2014 Pugachev’s Cobra on cask
• NEW 2014 Pugachev’s Cobra 25 Year Bourbon Barrel
• NEW 2014 Pugachev Royale
• 2013 Pugachev’s Cobra
• 2013 Pugachev’s Cobra Rye Whiskey Barrel
• 2013 Pugachev’s Cobra Wheat Whisky Barrel
• 2012 Pugachev’s Cobra (bottle pours)
• 2011 Pugachev’s Cobra (bottle pours)

2014 Pugachev’s Cobra

750ml Bottle • ABV 18.9% • IBU 85

Get ready for an assault on your senses with Pugachev’s Cobra, an intense Russian Imperial Stout. This rich, black beer pours with a thick caramel head bursting with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice and dark fruits, while flavors of chocolate-covered plum, sweet malt, bourbon, and roasted coffee explode on your palate. This is no ordinary beer; three different dark roasted malts and rich maple syrup are combined in a truly unique brewing process to create complexity and depth. Once fermented, Pugachev’s Cobra is aged for eight months in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. This powerful concoction is designed to be enjoyed now with friends or cellared to perfection and savored in the years to come.

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Pugachev’s Cobra 25

750ml Bottle • ABV 14.8% • IBU 85

This special edition of Pugachev’s Cobra spent 14 months aging in freshly emptied 25 year bourbon barrels, and is ready to be enjoyed now with friends or cellared to perfection and savored in the years to come.

Pugachev Royale

330ml Bottle • ABV 16.3% • IBU 85

Pugachev Royale, the next chapter in our Barrel Roll series, is an even bolder take on the dark, rich flavors of Pugachev’s Cobra. After eight months of aging in bourbon barrels, loaded with cacao nibs and vanilla beans, Royale is transferred to Brandy barrels to extend its depth over an additional ten months. When ready, Royale displayes sweet, ripe fruit notes doused with incredible chocolate aromatics, all folded into the signature Cobra character you’ve come to expect.

Pugachev Mocha – Club Exclusive

330ml Bottle • ABV 14.8% • IBU 85

Pugachev Mocha is a truly indulgent creation that brings together ingredients from some of our favorite local craftsmen. It began as a single barrel of our Pugachev’s Cobra, specially aged in a 25 year bourbon barrel for 14 months. Into this barrel went single-origin cacao nibs from Parliament Chocolate, and locally roasted coffee beans from Augie’s Coffee, both located here in Redlands. A heap of lactose sugar tops Mocha off, adding body and sweetness for a final layer of decadence.

Barrel Roll #5 – Chandelle returns! Black Friday, Nov. 28th.

November 11, 2014

It’s been over one year in the making but it’s finally here- Barrel Roll #5 – Chandelle has been reborn with a brand new process and will make it’s 2014 debut on Black Friday, November 28th!

Chandelle is a sour blonde ale aged for one year in white wine barrels, into which we add 850lbs of Golden Sweet Apricots. The fulsome and earthy apricot aromas float on the bracingly sour base developed in the barrel, coming together in a wonderfully complex final beer.

We will be opening at 10am and popping bottles of Chandelle until midnight, with special access at 9am for anyone who has achieved bronze status or higher in our Frequent Flyer program.

Chandelle will be available in 750ml bottles to go with a 12 bottle max. Bottles are $20, and we’ll also be offering 1/2 pints for $8 and 3oz tasting pours for $3. We’re releasing approximately 3,000 bottles this year, and will be keeping it a brewery-only release for now.

Of course, since it’s Black Friday, we’ll also be running deep discounts on various merchandise items, so come ready to shop if you’ve been eyeing some Hangar 24 merchandise but haven’t taken the plunge quite yet.

Warmer Releases Early This Year – November 22nd!

November 11, 2014

We will be releasing this year’s batch of our Warmer a little early this year, on Saturday, November 22nd! Warmer is the final release in each year’s Local Fields series, a lightly hopped, tantalizing ale with festive notes of maple, spruce and spice. Each November we hike into the San Bernardino forests to harvest the fresh spruce tips that give Warmer the festive spice that won it a gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.

Tasting Room favorites The McKintree Boys will be performing live from 7-10pm to help us celebrate, so come on by in the evening if you’re looking to celebrate to some good music! We’ll be open from 11am until midnight, and whenever you stop by and you’ll be able to enjoy Warmer in a limited run of special gold-leaf Warmer mugs, in regular pints, growler fills, and in 22oz bottles to go. After the local release, look for Warmer making its way to your favorite local bars, restaurants and retailers in both 22oz bombers and draught throughout the next two months!

Cold weather isn’t bad beer weather, it’s just weather that calls for the right beer!

Hangar 24 Stout Day Celebration – Sat. August 8th

November 04, 2014

International Stout Day falls on Thursday this year, which is no fun, so we’re going to push our celebration until Saturday, November 8th so that more of you can join us in celebrating the darker beers that help keep us warm as the seasons change!

We’ll be opening at 11am on Saturday and tapping kegs of our Small Stout, Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra 2013 and Pugachev’s Cobra 2012. You’ll be able to buy tasters, half pints, or line them all up as part of a Stout Day flight.

For those of you who want to stock up for the winter, we’ll also be pulling bottles of every Pugachev’s Cobra vintage from the archives and opening them up for sale:

60 bottles each of:
o Pugachev’s Cobra 2013 ($25, 750mL)
o Pugachev’s Cobra 2012 ($30, 750mL)
o Pugachev’s Cobra 2011 ($40, 750mL)
• First 50 guests to purchase archive bottles will receive a raffle ticket for 1 of 10 opportunities to purchase a bottle of 2013 Pugachev Royale ($25, 330mL)

That’s right, anyone who buys a bottle from the archive will be entered for a chance to purchase one of the very, very few 2013 Royale bottles we have left.

Hope to see you all up at the Brewery this weekend! Bring a coat, bring a scarf, then take them off as the bourbon barrel-aged stout goodness warms you to the core.

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