Hell With the Lid Off Barleywine Festival

Published On March 6, 2014 | By Elisabeth Petras | Food & Drink

hell with the lid off 2This Saturday, March 8th, Kelly’s Bar and Lounge will host the 10th Annual Hell with the Lid Off Barleywine Festival. Whether you’ve attended all ten or this will be your first, Hell with the Lid Off is sure to teach you a thing or two about barelywine and barleywine-style ales. The festival lasts for three hours and you can choose one of two sessions to attend. The first session will take place from 1-4pm and then next session will be from 5-8pm. Tickets for this event will cost you $75 and can be purchased here here.

If you are thinking that barelywine is some type of grape-based alcohol, we’d like to draw your attention to the word barley. It is actually a beer named for the similar alcohol content found in wine. Originally the English aristocracy created it because they wanted to enjoy a stronger drink. While in England you might find some “barley wines” with 7 percent alcohol, here in the US, these aged gems might contain as much as 10 or 11 percent alcohol. The strength of these big beers is one reason Hell with the Lid Off tries to only provide a small amount to sample. Still, you should prepare yourself and get ready to consume strong drinks. Bringing a DD might not be a bad idea for this one.

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Photo Credit – Stuart Mullenberg

As part of this 10th anniversary, artist Wayno has created a special, limited-edition print. Only 40 of the silkscreen prints will be produced and available for purchase at the each of the two sessions. Additionally, with the help of Commonwealth Press the design will also be featured on the Hell with the Lid Off t-shirts and posters. Another local business helping out with this event is the East End Brewery Company. Their website states “This isn’t our event, but it’s one we’ve been a part of in some capacity for the last 10 years. If only in a consumptive fashion.” So come out and support local biz while having your first taste of barleywine!

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