Beer Geeks Brave Long, Cold Wait for Perennial Artisan Ales's Barrel-Aged Abraxas

Sarah Baraba
Phil Wymore of Perennial Artisan Ales
"It was pretty cool," Perennial owner Phil Wymore tells Gut Check this morning. "It was a lot of fun to see a couple of diehard people show up at six, seven in the morning, and then see the crowd swell around lunchtime."

"We did the best we could on our end in trying to anticipate how it would go," he adds. "It was kind of an unprecedented thing for us and for St. Louis."

Wymore says that anticipation for the event had been building even before the influential website Beer Advocate awarded Abraxas a perfect 100. Perennial's sales office fielded calls from beer geeks as far afield as Virginia gauging interest in the event.

Wymore notes that though Perennial is not yet two years old, it has already released two editions of Abraxas: "It's one of those beers, it's had a little time to build some buzz. The fact that we got some volume into whiskey barrels is something we're glad we did."

Wymore hopes to double the available volume of Barrel-Aged Abraxas for next year -- and to make the release day even more of an event.

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Perennial Artisan Ales

8125 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

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