The featured beer painting of the day is of Nobility English Barley Wine by King Street Brewing Company. This barley wine is easy to drink at only 9%, which is pretty traditional for English style, and is a very good example of what an oaked English barley wine should be! I hiked five miles up to the Jumbo Mine from the mining town of Kennicott in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, chilled the bottle in a pile of snow, and savored the contents at the top while enjoying a spectacular view! King Street, could you can this beverage in 8 oz cans? The can would look great with the same graphic as the bottle, and would make it easier to enjoy the barley wine on Alaska adventures. I love the rampant lion — a symbol of wealth, strength and power!
This beer is delicious! I didn’t know what to expect, but since King Street has been putting out such great quality beers, I knew it was going to be good. Sweet and malty, this beer brings up thoughts of plums and raisins, but with a nice toasty oak flavor. I have loved barley wine since the first drop hit my tongue, but quickly learned that I should consume it with caution. Overconsumption, which is easy to do with a beer as tasty as this one, can lead to a bit of a slow next day. I shared this bottle with my wife, and then we climbed up to a ridge for even better views. Going up was no problem, but coming down is always a bit tricky when sliding on loose rocks. Good thing I had barley wine for an energy beverage, and I handled it just fine. Alaska, you are my favorite state, and the beer made here is wonderful! I love living in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park whenever I get a chance to stay out here! Can’t wait to get my cabin finished so I can be drinking King Street English barley wine on New Year’s Eve out here!
Cheers to Nobility, I never felt more kingly than when looking at the spires of rock formations here in the Wrangells, while drinking one of the best beers King Street has to offer!