Valentine’s Day, today, happens to be the release date for Stone’s 2011 Old Guardian Barley Wine an über malty, super-hoppy mega beer that clocks in at 12% AVB. If your sweetie is the type to cellar age their beer then you’ll want to pick up at least two bottles because this one will continue to evolve with age.
Lost Abbey’s barrel-aged beers are works of art worth collecting in their own right. Pick up a bottle of the brand new 2011 Red Poppy that was just released on Feb. 12. The sour cherry tinged Flanders-style red ale is 5% AVB and has been aged for a full year in French oak barrels. It was one of only a few beers to be rated 99 out of 100 by the expert tasters at DRAFT Magazine.
In honor of the holiday, AleSmith has released a special seasonal brew they’re calling My Bloody Valentine. At 6.66% ABV (alcohol by volume), it is less intimidating than it sounds with a deep mahogany red color and caramel malt flavor delicately balanced by floral American hops. Pick up a growler at the brewery or take your sweetheart into the tasting room and toast to your love of great San Diego beer.