Good news if you live by the Madagascar calendar. New Years Day is set for February 12, as 4 Hands Brewing Company announced that its 2022 Madagascar release will be available for public sale beginning at 10 AM that day, exclusively through an online pre-sale.
For the uninitiated, Madagascar is the brewery’s most highly coveted barrel-aged release. The inky black, sticky imperial milk stout is aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels with whole Madagascar vanilla beans.
Madagascar 2022 release
“Brewed since 2014, the original Madagascar release was a small batch, single barrel collaboration with Schnucks Markets Des Peres to celebrate their 75th anniversary,” said Kevin Lemp, 4 Hands Brewing Co. founder. “The process that we used in 2014 for that release is still used today. We source the very best vanilla in the world and hand-cut every bean to maximize the intense flavor imparted by the Madagascar vanilla.”
Six variants available
There will be six variants of Madagascar available including the fifth installment of 4 Hands’ Double Barrel series – Madagascar aged in Withered Oak orange bitters barrels. Withered Oak is 4 Hands Brewing Company’s new innovative line of oak-aged spirits that are artfully blended, uniquely finished, and bottled with care within their brewery.
Madagascar variants that will be available include re-releases of Madagascar Cobbler, Madagascar Tahitian, and Madagascar Triple Chocolate (available in 22oz bottles and 16oz cans for the first time) as well as brand new releases for 2022 including Madagascar Blueberry Maple and Madagascar Echo Base Coffee in collaboration with Sump Coffee.
Due to the high demand for Madagascar and its variants, all releases have per person limits that will be strictly enforced. “Pickups will be scheduled across four days, February 17 through February 20, and each day will see variants added to the draft lineup when the tasting room opens exclusively to Madagascar release ticket holders at 10 am,” said Chris Trunk, 4 Hands Brewing’s hospitality director.