Meet Limited Edition Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers

We have a new twist on an old favorite coming out in February. Our first major barrel-aged release, Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers, goes on sale at noon on Saturday, February 13, only at the brewery store.

Our unique Three Philosophers Quardupel Ale is universally-known as the preferred elixir of life’s meditators, thinkers and theorizers. Now, thanks to Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and the 24 bourbon barrels he got his hands on, mullers of life’s mysteries can ponder all the more deeply. In addition to being released at the brewery store on 2/13, this beer will also be available beginning in early March at select New York City specialist beer retailers. A small amount is also being held in reserve opportunistically.

“We’ve experimented with barrel aging in the past and had great success,” said Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “Three Philosophers is such a lovely, complex beer and it ages so beautifully that we thought it the perfect fit for pairing with bourbon barrels. The result is exactly what we hoped for: even more complex flavors and a slightly fuller body than the standard. We’re sure this’ll be a crowd pleaser.”

Like the original, Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers pours a deep burgundy hue with a fluffy, off-white head. Patience through the aging process rewarded the brewers with flavors of caramel, raisin, dried fruit, molasses, and vanilla and aromas of oak, vanilla, and subtle hints of cherry. The body is ample but still finishes faintly dry with lingering hints of malt, bourbon, and cherry. The effects of barrel-aging, eliciting remnant alcohol from the cooperage during the aging process, escalated the ABV of the beer from 9.7% to a significant, yet sneakily subtle, 11.4% ABV.

The release party at the our store on 2/13 is from 12-8 pm. During the day-long event, visitors can enjoy unlimited beer samples for $5, café food specials, and 10% off all beer and merchandise in the brewery store. Visitors are also welcome (and encouraged!) to return to the brewery that night for a special Valentine’s Day dinner. Details about dinner, which will feature the new beer, can be found at here.

Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers NYC retail locations can be found through the our beer finder following its roll-out to trade in early March.


17 responses on “Meet Limited Edition Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers

  1. Kevin

    Is there going to be a limit on the number of bottles a single customer may purchase? If so, how many bottles are allotted per customer?

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Nope. Come one, come all, buy what you’d like. However, the buy three cases get one free deal does not apply with this beer. We find most craft beer fans are kind and understand that sharing is caring.

    1. Ommegang Post author

      $12.99/bottle. No bottle limit at the brewery store but please know that our usual buy three cases, get one free deal does not apply to this beer.

  2. Cook McCready

    Looks amazing! Rochester has a super beer community called Flour City Beer Appreciation Association. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. I know you allocated some for NYC, but Rochester would be a great market too. Would you consider releasing some to a store in Rochester that can offer it to FCBAA members? If so, would you be willing to provide a discount to FCBAA members? Thanks so much for considering!

    1. Ommegang Post author

      We love Rochester! But this beer will not be available in Rochester. Only at the brewery and in NYC.

  3. Steve

    I just saw you’re going to be at the Winter Dabbler this coming weekend in Minneapolis. I was wondering what beers you’ll be bringing.

  4. Jeff

    I bought 2 cases today, release day and just finished my 1st pint with my wife celebrating my birthday. No better way to celebrate than with Three Philosophers, and adding the bourbon barrel aging, this beer was a delight to sip and enjoy. Well done indeed

    1. Ommegang Post author

      Hi, Walt. We don’t have a retailer list yet and likely won’t have one until March. Stay tuned!