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Empress Tonkoko Barrel Aged Release

17.01.2019 All day

A year ago we decided to take our hyper popular chocolate, vanilla milk stout Tonkoko and ramp it up to monolithic proportions for the Tryanuary scheme. We weren’t interested in doing anything small, we wanted to go big and so the 10.6% brute Empress Tonkoko was born. Bigger, stronger and more intense than even our awesome Imperial Tonkoko, this would be a phenom but we didn’t stop there.

No, we went further. We purchased 6 barrels from some of the most renowned bourbon distillers in the USA and went ahead with filling them with this first batch of Empress Tonkoko to create a very special wood aged version. This would be something to behold.

A year has passed, and the Jack Daniel’s, Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey barrels have imparted their unique flavour profile into this stunning brew, enriching it and adding even more body. Subtle smoky notes and even more butterscotch character comes through and each individual bourbon aged variety tastes completely unique.

This beer in all its many guises is predominately going into can, creating a 500 limited run 4-pack gift set (one of each wood aged variety plus a non-aged version) will be released on the 17th January to all who have placed a pre-order. For a mere £10 you can pre-book your case of 4 cans of this behemoth of a beer with the rest of the payment to be made on collection.  Pre-book here.

If you have ordered your pack they will be available from midday however we have a special evening set up to launch what we think is some of the best beer we have ever made. Firstly we will have all forms of Tonkoko on tap, Tonkoko will be on cask and keg alongside Imperial Tonkoko. Then we will have a very first pouring of all forms of the Empress Tonkoko worldwide, including a rather special Empress Tonkoko flight. Then around 6:30pm we will be running a Meet the Brewer where Lee, our head brewer, will take you through all things Tonkoko, feel free to ask all manner of questions! We will also have a Tonkoko themed kitchen with some awesome food available.

Come on down and get a first taste of the latest edition of one of the top 8 ‘stouts’ worldwide.  You know it makes sense.


January 17
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Brew York

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