Good news if you live by the Madagascar calendar. New Year’s Day is set for February 4, as 4 Hands Brewing Company announced that its 2023 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 2023 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.”
New this year, a complete branding refresh for Madagascar and the variants as well as a packaging shift from 22oz bottles to 16oz cans.
Six variants available
There will be six variants of Madagascar available including the sixth installment of 4 Hands’ Double Barrel series. This year’s edition is aged in Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrels.
Madagascar variants that will be available include re-releases of Madagascar Blueberry Maple, Madagascar Tahitian and Madagascar Triple Chocolate as well as brand new releases for 2023 including Madagascar Salted Peanut Truffle and a reimagined Madagascar Cobbler.
“Pickups will be scheduled across four days, February 9 through February 12, and each day will see variants added to the draft lineup when the tasting room opens exclusively to Madagascar release ticket holders at 10am,” said Chris Trunk, 4 Hands Brewing Co. Director of Hospitality.