If you are not a beer encyclopedia, you might not know a whole lot about barley wine. A classic English style of strong beer (it's not wine, it's just called that - huh?) barley wine gets its name because it can be as strong as wine; but since it is made from grain rather than fruit, it's classified as (and tastes more like) beer.
We really like to do tastings here at Alfa (food, beer, wine, liquor) - hey, it's a perk of the job. So we commissioned our beer people to bring us a whole bunch of barley wines. After more samples than should be consumed before a shift, our crack staff of boozehounds settled on Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot.
According to Weyerbacher's web site, Blithering Idiot makes a nice date for full-flavored meats and cheeses, or as an after-dinner drink. But before you start slamming them down, remember this: one too many Blithering Idiots will make you, uh, a blithering idiot. With an alcohol content (ABV, or Alcohol By Volume) of 11.1%, this potent brew is not to be treated like your average beer (most run anywhere between 3 and 7% ABV).
Available year round, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot waiting here for you at Alfa if you are looking for something hearty and strong. But remember, you get the flag if you fall off your barstool...