Bittercreek will have nine versions of Vertical Epic on tap Wednesday, covering the years of 2004 to 2012, with a bonus keg of the 2010 version aged in a french oak barrel. Bier:Thirty in Bown Crossing and the Boise Co-op will be selling a set of 6 years of Vertical Epic in bottles, covering the years between 2006 to 2012.
The final version of Vertical Epic — which Stone brewers have described as a Belgian Noël for the 2012 version — is the last in a series of 12 exclusive beers, released once a year since 2002 on the “palendri-cal phenomenon” day. That means Stone released their first version of Vertical Epic on 02/02/02 (Feb. 2, 2002), with the next on 03/03/03 (March 3, 2003), etc... The 12/12/12 is the last of the series.
These Belgian-style brews all have a different recipes and are designed for cellaring, which means you can keep them in a cool and dry place and drink them at a later time, so you can compare different vintages at the same time. That is known as vertical tasting.
Some of us beer nuts may be more successful than others in this whole “cellaring” phenomenon. It’s hard not to drink those big beers, tempting you from the fridge or cellar.
That’s why the Bittercreek event will be so cool — you don’t have to have any “cellaring” discipline. You get to drink Vertical Epic straight from the kegs!
This is the deal. You buy a punch card for $15. This gets you five 3 ounce samples of whatever Vertical Epic you want to try. You also get a Vertical Epic tasting glass. You will also be able to buy full pours. I’m not sure how much those will cost.
Bier:Thirty will have a keg of the 12/12/12 Vertical Epic on tap and will be selling the series of six bottles for $70. The Boise Co-op is selling the series of six bottles for $60. They will also do some tasting of different vintages at the store Wednesday afternoon.
This is a really cool event for Boise and is a nice companion to the Stone Tap Takeover earlier this year. Stone is doing quite a few of these Vertical Epic tastings in SoCal, but it’s a real treat for them to represent here in Boise.
Curious what Vertical Epic tastes like? I’ll let the fine folks at Stone do that for you.