Canberra’s BentSpoke Brewing have released Descent 22 – their 2022 birthday beer that’s an imperial stout aged six months in foeder barrels.

Billed as a “Winter warmer”, BentSpoke said the 10.0% ABV 2022 vintage combines vanilla, oak and wild yeast characters from its barrel ageing with roasty, bitter, black malt leather-like esters.

Co-founder Richard Watkins said: “Descent 22, like its eight predecessors, is a great combination of barrel ageing and roasty malty flavours that give you warmth, composure and the sense that you have conquered Winter”.

Fellow co-founder Tracy Margrain said its release gives the company the chance to celebrate alongside staff and the public alike. 

“Ever since we opened our doors back in June 2014, we have always celebrated our birthday with the whole BentSpoke family. It’s great to reflect on all our successes and celebrate those with all the people that have ridden that same trail.”

Bentspoke first opened its doors on June 6 in 2014, and is the brainchild of Watkins and Margrain. The duo celebrated the brewery’s birthday this week, alongside family and staff, launching their birthday beer with some live, local music.

A statement to press said that the RIS “has become a local favourite”, with the beer available on tap at BentSpoke’s brewpub in Braddon, and ready for purchase at the brewer’s online shop, and will also feature in bottle shops on the East Coast.

*This article originally appeared on our sister publication The Shout.

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