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Fall River Brewing Abbott’s Reserve Launch Party

Fall River Brewing isn’t afraid of trying new things, and for those of you who tried their Lip Ripa Triple IPA at last year’s Beer Week, you know that’s a good thing. On Tuesday, they released their newest brew: Abbott’s Reserve, a 9.8%ABV barley wine aged for 10 months in Heaven Hills bourbon barrels.


Made in collaboration with John Abbott, the winner of the Home Brew Competition last year, it’s brewed as an American barley wine: sweet initially, with a bitter finish and bourbon notes throughout.

Despite the bitter finish, it’s extremely smooth, but drink it slow (and not just because of its high ABV content) and give it a chance to warm up. As it gets warmer, the malts start to pop and the bourbon comes out even more. It’s almost a different beer from the first sip to the last, and both of them taste great.


They’ll be selling it in 220z bottles and from the tap until they’re gone, so head over to the Tap House and try it out for yourself this week (and beyond, as long as it lasts).

You might want to get there soon, as we saw people picking up multiple bottles all afternoon.


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