Ethereal celebrates with new tastes

Christie Netherton

The only thing that beats birthday parties with cake and ice cream are birthday parties with craft beer—lots and lots of craft beer.

Ethereal Brewing had its two-year anniversary this past holiday weekend with a tapping of at least one new craft beer, as well as a new brew on tap for each day of the celebration. 

Ethereal’s weekend celebration kicked off bright and early on Friday at  9  a.m. with an Ethereal-style breakfast and the tapping of their Coffee Baba Yaga, an imperial stout made with espresso at 13.1 percent ABV. The brew is aged in Four Roses’ bourbon barrels and blended with beans from Nate’s Coffee. It has a deliciously strong, thick chocolate malt flavor mixed with delightful hints of coffee.

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Ethereal ended the first day of the celebration at 6 p.m. by tapping the Belgian Tripel with Brett. The Belgian Tripel sits at nine percent ABV with a mellow, smooth taste that is sweet and fruity with hints of banana. The Belgian Tripel was a delicious addition to the tap list.

The second day of the weekend celebration started at noon with the tapping of Imperial Dark and Raspy, an imperial stout at 12 percent ABV. This brew stays true to its name, having been aged with a few hundred pounds of raspberries accentuated with hints of chocolate.

The second day of celebration ended with Ethereal’s Imperial Saison on tap zero. The fruity Imperial Saison is at 11 percent ABV with a light carbonation and a cloudy orange color. 

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The final day of Ethereal’s anniversary weekend started with the re-release and tapping of their famous Baba Yaga, a Russian imperial stout at 13.1 percent ABV. This stout is aged in bourbon barrels for a strong liquor taste mixed with hints of chocolate and vanilla for finish. 

The celebration ended with the oak-aged Imperial Milk Stout on tap zero. The milk stout is aged in rum barrels for a boozy taste mixed with hints of maple syrup, coffee and vanilla. The stout has a strong liquor taste with a sweet finish at 15 percent ABV.

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