Wells Young in England, which bought the Courage beer labels in the 1990's, has just announced the re-launch of Courage Russian Imperial Stout. This legendary beer has roots in 1700's London and the export trade to Russia at the time, when the strongest and best porters were prized by royalty in cold countries.
The beer endured until 1992, when Courage stopped its production, and then sold its brands.
Wells Young decided to restore it to the shelves, and a stroke of luck is that its head brewer, Jim Robertson, worked at Courage decades ago and brewed the beer back when. No one is better placed to re-introduce it to beer lovers everywhere.
The beer was previewed at the recent Great American Beer festival in Denver, and will shortly be available nation-wide (in America) in selected outlets. In about a year, it will be available in England, where it is brewed.
This beer is the grandaddy of the Imperial Stout style and the current fashion for these beers in North American craft brewing is largely due to its influence and to the way Michael Jackson had written about it.
It will be interesting to see if its progeny trump the ancestor, somehow I doubt it but in these matters, it's all good.
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