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Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine Returns to Make Your Season Bright

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Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine

Dogfish Head is kicking off the New Year with a throwback release of one of its most popular seasonal beers – Olde School Barleywine.  This 15% ABV unfiltered and cellarable classic returns January 3, 2017 to the 31 states + D.C. that sell delicious Dogfish Head Craft Brewery beers.  


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An instant classic since its 2002 debut, the bold, yet smooth Olde School is a beautifully balanced ale, dark red to amber in color, with a sweet and velvety flavor profile and huge complexity and warmth.  “Our approach was to do a new world take on traditional English barleywine,” says Dogfish Head president and founder, Sam Calagione.  “American style barleywines tend to be more hop-forward while, in comparison, English barleywines are malt-forward and develop their fruity attributes from the esters. When properly aged, the pit-fruit and sweet, sherry characteristics mature into something spectacular.”   


Clocking in at about 15% ABV, this big barleywine is an ideal candidate for cellaring and Olde School ages with the best of  them!  Over time, the beer dries out which allows the pit fruit flavors to come forward and the hops to recede into the background.  As it matures, Olde School develops oxidative characteristics, including honey and toffee flavors and aromas, and lessened bitterness. Our recommendation to ensure liquid prosperity and happiness for the New Year?  Grab a couple bottles of Olde School to enjoy with someone you love – now and through the years.  For more information about Olde School Barleywine and Dogfish Head beers, visit  


Beer Quick Facts

Name: Olde School Barley Wine

Stats: 15% ABV, 85 IBUs

Availability: Limited release beginning January 3, 2017

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]

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