Braxton Brewing Co.'s seventh-annual celebration of bourbon-barrel-aged stout is back.
Dark Charge Day is ‘hoppening’ on Dec. 4. According to a release from the brewery, there will be four variants introduced this year: a barrel-aged Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee brew from Braxton Builder, Coconut Cream Puff and Barrel House Orange Curacao developed by Braxton Labs, and the Barrel-Aged Dark Charge. Organizers say they have planned extra surprises to make up for last year’s virtual Dark Charge Day.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the return of our signature event Dark Charge Day in December,” said Braxton Brewing CEO Jake Rouse in a release. “To celebrate, our team has been hard at work pushing the boundaries on Dark Charge variants that are sure to delight."
The Barrel-Aged Dark Charge features a blend of 2019, 2020 and 2021 vintages, creating “deep aromas of stone fruits such as plums that pair nicely with the notes of coffee and roast.”
Braxton Builder’s brew, the bourbon-barrel-aged Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee, was aged in Buffalo Trace barrels. Brewers say each sip will feature a “smooth, silky mouth-feel with cacao nibs, hazelnut coffee, and hazelnut extract to bring a chocolatey beer twist to your favorite flavored morning coffee.”
Coconut Cream Puff, developed by Braxton Labs, has a base of 12-month-aged Dark Charge with milk and sugar added for a nice creamy taste. “Time conditioning on fresh raw coconut, vanilla beans and cinnamon lends bursting flavors of fresh-baked pastries and a sweet, tropical finish,” says Braxton.
Double Barrel Aged Orange Curacao from the Barrel House was aged in bourbon barrels for 12 months and to give it its signature flavor. The brew was transferred to Orange Tiger Liqueur barrels from Toledo Spirits Company for its last 60 days before bottling.
The celebration will take place at Braxton’s Covington taproom Saturday, Dec. 4. Dark Charge variants go up for pre-sale at noon on Nov. 16.
VIP tickets are available for $80, and include two specialty drink tickets, five non-specialty drink tickets, a limited-edition Dark Charge print, food from Parlor on Seventh, VIP bottle sales and a private VIP area with restrooms.
You can also rent out one of Braxton’s outdoor igloos for $400. Guests will receive all the VIP perks as well as: a private igloo for up to eight people, pre-ordered Dark Charge bottles waiting for them upon arrival, a charcuterie board and one Vintage Dark Charge Bottle per party of four.
Braxton is located at 27 W. Seventh St., Covington. Find more information at darkchargeday.com.
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