UPDATE: There are 450 bottles (750 ml) available for sale at the brewery. The brewmaster Evan Addario wanted to keep this hush, hush so those that frequent Southampton Publick House could grab some bottles. He didn’t want all of them to go to people who just show up when “rarities” are available. Head over to the brewery to get a bottle (2 bottle limit per person). Most importantly visit Southampton more frequently as Evan says he puts up one-offs often.
You may have read somewhere that Southampton Publick House would not be putting out their Russian Imperial Stout in 2013. Okay, it was here at Beer Loves Company where you may have read that. Well it seems that was a fib, or at least let’s say a glitch in the Matrix.
Last night we received an email from SHPH containing an invitation to a beer dinner for the release of their Biere de Mars (a 6.5% ABV Biere de Garde) and also, surprisingly, a 2013 edition of their Russian Imperial Stout. Having reported that this beer would not be released this year we were left kind of, well, thunderstruck. We quickly sent a late night email over to the Publick House to see why they had a change of heart and to see if there would be a release party for their RIS this year. Here is the response we received from their newly minted(ish) brewmaster Evan Addario.
I am sorry for the misunderstanding. This years plan was to brew the Russian Imperial Stout, but as we had no other rare, cellared beers, we could not put on a release party as we have in the past. We decided instead to have a beer dinner, as we do a couple of times a year. This one is focusing on the release of the Biere De Mars, our spring seasonal as well as the RIS. The plan is to have the RIS on tap for a week or so, as long as supplys last. I hope this answers your questions and I hope to see you guys out here for a glass.
Southampton Publick House
40 Bowden Square
Southampton, NY 11968
If you remember from our original article we spoke with Don Sullivan, the President of Southampton Publick House & Southampton Bottling LLC, who told us there would not be a release of RIS this year. Back then, Don said that he would pass our message along to Evan and we are glad that he ultimately came to us bearing good news.
Unlike previous years, the RIS will only be available on tap and only for a very limited time. So if you are not attending the beer dinner tonight, make it a point to get out there this weekend to partake in the small batch that is available. This is your one chance for Southampton Russian Imperial Stout this year, so don’t miss out. And hopefully the bottle release will be back, party and all, in 2014!
PS: Check out BJ Gamboa’s article over at Drinking Made Easy about the 2012 release. A little something to hold you over until next years experience.