Yesterday, I received a package in the mail. Packages delivered to my house usually contain beer. This one was unique. I'll let the pictures do the talking...
As you may have surmised, the answer to the mystery is Alchemy Ale, Widmer's new year-round release. Here are a few details about Alchemy:
"We practice alchemy every day turning water, malt, hops and yeast into liquid gold. Alchemy Ale melds years of experimentation and our special Alchemy hop blend, in a pure expression of brewing art and science. Join us in unlocking the mystery to the perfectly balanced, perfectly hopped ale. Alchemy hops are a blend of choice hops from the Pacific Northwest, hand-selected by our brewers each year. This secret blend is the backbone of all our beers, and the magic behind Alchemy Ale."
- Availability: Year-Round
- Flavor Points: Bright, distinct Alchemy hop character balanced with hints of caramel and a remarkably smooth finish.
- Malts: Pale, Caramel, Munich, Vienna, Extra Special
- ABV: 5.8%, 40 IBU
Alchemy's release date has not been formally announced, but I expect it will be available soon. I'll taste and post my thoughts on it shortly!