February 2, 2012 marks the 23rd anniversary of Karl Strauss Brewing Co., one of the longer standing craft breweries in the United States, and with that comes the coveted tasting of their 23rd Anniversary Old Ale, barrel aged for 12 months in oak and loaded with complex layers of toffee, molasses, dried figs, and toasted oak with a hint of bourbon, which is to be expected from a beer with 12.2% ABV. 23rd Anniversary Old Ale will be available on tap at all six Karl Strauss restaurants and select beer bars across Southern California. In addition, 22oz. bottles will be available throughout California in February.
The Changing of the Barrels Anniversary Party will be held on Thursday, February 2 from 6-9pm at the main brewery in Pacific Beach. Tickets are $50 per person and include beer for the night, a MIHO Gastrotruck food ticket, live music, a 23rd Anniversary snifter, a 33 Beers tasting book, as well as an exclusive chance to try the 24th Anniversary Flanders Red Ale before it goes into barrels until next year.