Karl Strauss Splashes Onto Wine Enthusiast’s Top 25 Beers List
As the nation’s premiere wine and spirits publication, Wine Enthusiast Magazine reviews a limited number of craft beers each month. In 2012, Karl Strauss had an impressive 10 reviews in the publication, with its 23rdAnniversary Old Ale landing a spot on the Top 25 list.
The company is one of the few breweries with single-state distribution to make the list. Wine Enthusiast says, “The list does include a couple of high-scoring items that might not be widely distributed or are extremely limited in production. These are beer treasures that are definitely worth the hunt.” Karl Strauss Brewmaster, Paul Segura, agrees that the beer is worth seeking out; “Our 23d Anniversary Ale is one of my all-time favorites. After a year in bourbon barrels it’s still becoming more complex with time. It’s an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious publication and I think even the most hardcore wine drinkers can appreciate our 23rd Anniversary ale.”
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, an industry leader and valued consumer rankings resource, ranked the 23rd Anniversary Old Ale #21 on its countdown with a92/100. The review says, “Aged for 12 months in Bourbon barrels, this is a robust beer that exhibits strength and balance. Fruity notes of dried fig, date and raisin are infused with accents of toffee, molasses and sweet spice. Rich, oak-driven flavors of vanilla, coconut and charred sugar—like coconut crème brûlée—flood the creamy palate, giving way to secondary flavors of caramel drizzled plum and candied orange peel. Even though the alcohol is high, the beer never comes across as hot, but it closes with a lovely warming sensation.”
The complete list of Top 25 reviews will be featured in the upcoming December issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. For more information on Karl Strauss’ Barrel-Aged Anniversary series, visit www.karlstrauss.com.
About Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Since 1989, Karl Strauss Brewing Company has pioneered the local beer scene in San Diego. 23 years later, the company continues to brew an innovative line-up of award-winning beers ranging from longtime favorites like Red Trolley Ale to new releases like Wreck Alley Imperial Stout. In 2011, the company brewed 40,000 barrels and ranked #44 on the list of the country’s top craft breweries. To keep up with double-digit sales growth, the company is adding capacity to its brewery, expanding distribution throughout California, opening a new brewery restaurant, and breaking ground on an extensive brewery renovation.