Ah, autumn. Time for football, falling leaves, and more pumpkin spice grocery items than polite society should allow.
Here at Foothills we have a little autumn tradition of our own. It actually starts the previous winter, when we brew our iconic Sexual Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout. We squirrel away (intentional seasonal reference) a small percentage of the overall yield in bourbon barrels (usually Buffalo Trace) and let it age into a heady, boozy elixir that we release as the calendar turns to the fall months. The beer has a 100 rating on RateBeer, a 96 rating on Beeradvocate, and is often called one of the most sought after and coveted beers in America.
It’s a tradition we’ve had for over a decade – a tradition that will see an exciting new chapter when we release this year’s version of Bourbon Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25.
Whether you’ve been to every BASC release, or this is your first, read on carefully . . . a lot will be changing from the schedule you’ve come to know.
For starters, in addition to our regular bottles of BASC, we are bottling/kegging a brand new version of the beer. You know that hip coffee roasting joint we opened earlier this year, Footnote? Well, Joe our head coffee roaster (yes that’s really his name) has selected some very special Peruvian beans to roast, which we will infuse into a select few barrels of BASC. We’ll then have a limited bottling of Coffee Infused Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate (CIBASC), which will be on sale exclusively at our downtown pub on Saturday of Release Weekend.
Oh and we have one other little surprise for you: Sexual Chocolate Gelato. Read on.
FRIDAY AUGUST 24:
4pm: we will tap Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate at all 3 locations
7pm: Annual Bottle Share Party – this year the party moves to Footnote, right next door to the pub. For those of you new to all this, we basically throw a big party the night we release this beer. The cost of admission is a bottle (or two) (or six) of your favorite craft beer – the rarer the better. It doesn’t have to a whale, but don’t show up with a six pack of Corona Premier either.
11pm: Friday Night Flicks: every Friday night our pub shows a movie on the big bar screen. This night’s selection is (naturally) Coming to America.
This is a good time to talk about camping out. Used to be, that’s pretty much what you had to do to get bottles of this beer. We’d have 150-200 people in line before the pub doors opened on Saturday morning.
We make more of the beer now than we did back then . . . but it is by no means an unlimited supply. Plus, we will have a brand new, limited edition version for sale in bottles as well – which we expect to get snapped up rather quickly.
Bottom line – the only indicator of when to show up will be your good judgement. Please do not ask us on social media when you should show up – we honestly don’t know. Besides, knowing exactly when to show up would be cheating, and counter to the communal nature we try to achieve with this release. Whenever you show up, there will be fellow craft beer lovers to meet, drink and celebrate with.
Oh, and if you do decide to camp out – start the line at the 4th Street entrance of Footnote, not the pub . . . that will be the first location to open Saturday.
SATURDAY AUGUST 25:
7am: Footnote opens, and you get your very first chance to taste Coffee Infused BASC on draft (regular BASC will be on tap as well). But that’s not the only special treat we have for you . . . it’s also your first chance to try our brand new Sexual Chocolate Gelato. It’s being handmade by West End Coffee House, right around the corner from our pub. (We’ve tasted it already; the word ‘orgasmic’ comes to mind) (but be careful; it’s made with the actual beer, which means it’s got alcohol in it) We’ll have scoops available all day at both Footnote and the Pub.
Our Footnote staff is so excited about the gelato they’ve made a special coffee drink out of it. Sexual Chocolate Affogato has a scoop of Sexual Chocolate Gelato with two shots of espresso poured over it, topped with dutch chocolate bourbon whipped cream. Yeah.
Other drink specials at Footnote the morning of our release: Frozen BA Sexual Chocolate Coldbrew (our frozen cold brew coffee blended with BA Sexual Chocolate, topped with dutch chocolate bourbon whipped cream), and a 50/50 mix of BA Sexual Chocolate and cold brew nitro coffee.
8am: the party moves over to the pub. Doors open at 8am, we’ll wristband everyone as they come in to determine bottle purchase order. If any of you release veterans (or rookies for that matter) want to line up early, please make sure the line runs east up 4th Street (away from the monstrous hotel being built next door to us).
In addition to having BASC and Coffee Infused BASC on tap, the Pub will have a few thematic food specials as well. Chef Shane is whipping up a Sexual Chocolate Bourbon Barrel Smoked Cheeseburger with Sexual Chocolate BBQ sauce and fried onion straws. We’ll also have coffee braised pulled pork tacos with spinach, smoked pineapple, and chipotle lime sour cream; and our Smoked Chicken Wings that day will be smoked on BASC barrel staves.
9am: Bottle sales of both BASC at Coffee Infused BASC will commence at the Pub. Bottles are $20, limit of 12 for regular BASC and 6 for Coffee Infused BASC.
12pm: Regular BASC bottles will be available at the Tasting Room (PLEASE NOTE: this is only for regular BASC; Coffee Infused BASC bottles will only be available at the pub).
9pm: The tasting room will end BASC Release Weekend as only they know how. The brewery’s being transformed into Studio 54, complete with disco, DJ, dancing, and of course plenty of Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate and Coffee Infused Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate on draft. There’s also a photo booth – so dust off your 70s duds and bring your biggest Elton John sunglasses. There will also be a food truck on site. (this event is 21+ only)
LOTS planned . . . all we need is you! Plan to join us for what promises to be an epic Release Weekend.
Check back here and on our release event website page for updates.
Oh and if you want to know what all the fuss is about, read this history of Sexual Chocolate.
BLOG UPDATE 8/22/18: 2 updates for you:
- We have decided to sell vintage Sexual Chocolate and Barrel-Aged Sexual Chocolate bottles on Saturday at the pub. They’ll be on sale the same time as this year’s Barrel Aged and Coffee Infused Barrel Aged Chocolate. Vintages available:
2018 SC and BASC
2017 SC, BASC and Olde Rabbit’s Foot
2016 SC and BASC
all vintage bottles will be $25 each with the exception of 2010 SC ($30)
- We also have a little something for the first people in the pub on Saturday morning – a brand new Sexual Chocolate sticker. There’s only 50 of them.