Since founding our brewery in 1996, we have specialized in the rare art of brewing beer in oak barrels. In the fall of 2006, we released a limited-edition, oak-aged strong ale called “10” to commemorate our 10th anniversary. This beer was blended with the help of our local winemaker friends, and the experience was greater than we could have ever imagined. We now present XXIV, our 15th release in what has become an annual autumn rite at our brewery.
About The Blending
Every late summer, right before the wine harvest gets rolling, we invite our local winemaker friends to the brewery to help blend our annual Anniversary Ale. Winemakers are practicing experts in the art of blending, and we realized early on that they could provide invaluable input for creating a seamless beer from numerous barrel-aged component ales. The winemakers come for both the challenge and the camaraderie. They split up into small teams and create their own preferred blends from the provided components. Each of the resulting trials is then blind tasted by the entire group, and votes are cast for the winning blend. The victorious team walks away with bragging rights—and with a set of coveted cardboard crowns.
Final ABV: 11.3%
27% of final blend
Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels
26% of final blend
Stickee Monkee (12.2% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Central Coast Quad
16% of final blend
Parabola Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Russian Imperial Stout
16% of final blend
Smoked Imperial Walker's Reserve (11.8% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels
11% of final blend
Bravo (12.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Imperial Brown Ale
4% of final blend
Helldorado (11.5%) Aged in Tequila Barrels
Blonde Barley Wine
Distinguished Winemakers and friends who came together for the 2020 blend
Kevin Sass – Halter Ranch Vineyards (Winning Blend)
Terry Hoage, Will Freeman & Phil LaMontagne - TH Estate Wines
Sherman Thacher & Daniel Callan - Thacher Winery
Matt Trevisan – Linne Calodo
Justin Smith – Saxum Winery
Mark Adams – Ledge Vineyards
Anthony Yount – Denner Vineyards
Russell From & Kyle Clement – Herman Story Wines
Neil Collins & Chelsea Magnusson – Lone Madrone/Tablas Creek
Joshua Bernstein- Beer Journalist & Author
For Beer Shipments: *CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ONLY*
Due to current legal restrictions, we are unable to ship beer outside of California.
All beer will be shipped out Monday - Friday, excluding Holidays.
You must be 21+ to order and receive shipment of beer. Someone 21+ will need to be present to sign with a valid ID for delivery. If not available at time of delivery reach out to FedEx for redelivery of your order.
Please allow a delay of shipments with all new beer releases.
For Beer Returns:
Per state law, alcohol returns can only be accepted if the product is spoiled or otherwise unfit for consumption.