Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 10 In Stores Today
First note: While DR10 will show up in many places on November 2, some accounts will receive it later in the week. A large grocery chain beginning with “K” won’t be releasing it until Thursday, November 4 because of an update in their computers.
Divine Reserve No. 10 is an English Barleywine, and an alcoholic one at that! It was inspired by Chris Landis’ winning entry in the 2010 Big Batch Brew Bash homebrew competition. This is a beer that not only will age well, but we are recommending aging it. It is clocking in at 11% ABV and could use some cellaring time.
When enjoying it, we recommend serving it at around 55°F or warmer. This really brings out the malt and fruit character in the beer (there isn’t any actual fruit in the beer). We were concerned that we had overhopped the beer when first tasting it in the fermenter, but the hop bitter has mellowed quite a bit. We recommend decanting the beer so as not to pour the sediment in the bottom of the bottle into your glass. If you must, just swig the last ounce in the bottle but don’t pour it into the glass.
This is the first Divine Reserve that we have brewed on our new brewhouse and it provided some technical challenges. Brewhouses are designed for brewing 5% ABV beers and we had to get quite creative in how we moved the wort around in our brewhouse to be able to brew such a high gravity beer. Also, we had hoped to make a much larger batch of DR10 – our goal was to make about 50% more than we did of DR9. Instead we only netted about a 20% increase. Thus, the supply is going to again be tight, and much tighter than we hoped it would be. We apologize for this and are already planning some changes to our brewhouse piping that will facilitate us making larger batches of Divine Reserve in the future.
We ask people to limit their purchases to 2 six packs each. We try to get stores to limit purchases and have met with varied success. We do this so as many people as possible can enjoy it.
Second note: the beer is sold to all accounts at the same price. We have a recommended retail price, but we do not control what price retailers actually sell it for.
Twitface and DR10
If you are a Twitter user and you are tweeting about DR10 or giving out information on where you found (or didn’t find) some, please use the hashtag #DR10 in all of your tweets. This way Twitterers can search for #DR10 and all the relevant posts will come up.
If you are a fan of ours on our Facebook page, please leave tips on where to find some DR10 on our wall or in the comment section.
We kegged a very limited amount of DR10. We will be twitfacing information about when pubs and restaurants will be tapping these kegs as we get it.