Ei8ht Ball Brewing has announced plans to release bottles of their Great American Beer Festival gold medal winning beer Reintarnation on May 1.
The first 120 bottles of the highly-touted brew will be available for purchase beginning at 5 p.m., as well as on draught in their taproom, located at 18 Distillery Way, Newport, Kentucky.
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The release will coincide, with the always-popular bacon night.
Customers may buy one bottle, but then are welcome to stay and enjoy a Reintarnation on draft, or one of 41 other beers from Ei8ht Ball and other craft breweries.
A very limited amount of additional bottles will be released into the Greater Cincinnati market.
Ei8ht Ball Brewing won medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers in 2014 for Reintarnation Ale, a Tarnished Golden Ale aged in O.K.I. Bourbon barrels.
Ei8ht Ball, self-described as an oddball brewery, is part of the same company as Newport’s New Riff Distillery.
Their physical proximity and closely coordinated schedules mean New Riff’s used O.K.I. Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrels are dumped and filled with beer the same day.
“The opportunity is unparalleled in the industry. We’re so lucky and very excited to be able to literally roll them down the back drive,” says General Manager Hannah Lowen.
Once in the fresh barrels, the beer is aged for about three months, in a temperature controlled cellar, creating a rich, drinkable, and deftly balanced brew. Surprisingly light and fresh, Reintarnation marries bourbon aromas, which lend vanilla, oak, and sweet honey to the nose and palate, with a drinkability not always found in big barrel aged beers.
Mitch Dougherty, head brewer at Ei8ht Ball explained, “I took two of my favorite things, beer and bourbon and found a way to marry them. The love is there, I think that’s why we’ve been successful.”
Dougherty, a veteran of the craft beer industry here in greater Cincinnati, has won four other prestigious medals in national and world competition, all for barrel aged beers.
Ei8ht Ball brewing opened in November of 2013, so the wins came as exciting surprises to the young brewery.
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