Thor’s Hammer by Central City brewmaster Gary Lohin was the first barley wine I ever tasted. It was five years ago at the Central City brewpub in Surrey and it was one of the first times a beer every blew me away. I’ve tasted similarly good or better barley wines since, but I’ll never forget that first sip of the golden nectar of the gods.
If you don’t know, barley wine is very strong beer that is often very sweet and aged a long time to both add flavour and subdue the high alcohol content. Barley wines usually come out around Christmas time and are warming, festive drinks, perfect for dulling the harshness of relatives.
You used to only be able to get Thor’s Hammer at special beer events or in the Central City Brewpub (or at Sailor Hagars before that). This past summer Central City released a limited collection that included Oak Aged Thor’s Hammer and now, for the first time, they are releasing a bottled run at the appropriate time of year. Thor’s Hammer jostles with Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller for the title of best barley wine in BC and is a must buy for BC beer nerds.
It should hit stores in Vancoucer this week or next, likely on a Thursday. If you don’t want to miss out (only 99 cases made), I suggest you like Brewery Creek or Legacy on Facebook to get their notifications.