On Saturday, November 10 at 6 p.m., Blue Pants Brewery (500 Lanier Rd, Madison) will host the Pinstripe Fest as the release event for this year’s batch of their Pinstripe Stout.
It was not too long ago when Blue Pants released their first run of Pinstripe Stout, a decadent Imperial Stout featuring notes of chocolate, vanilla and coffee (click here for a review I did last year). It was impossible to tell at the time, but this Imperial Stout quickly became the brewery’s most sought after and popular offering. Pinstripe is a seasonal beer that is only brewed for a short period of time each year, but demand for this brew never ceases as people constantly ask the brewery when it will be released again. To celebrate the success that Pinstripe has seen over the last few years and also as a means to thank their fans for making it so wildly popular, Blue Pants will mark this year’s Pinstripe release with their first Pinstripe Fest.
This event is just as the name suggests, an evening featuring a spread of Pinstripe Stout variations never before seen. By variations, I mean different versions of Pinstripe created through subtle (and in some cases extreme) additions of complimentary ingredients or through barrel/cask treatments of the beer. Each batch featured at this event will seem like a different beer when in reality it is just a tweak on the original’s recipe. Here is the list of the Pinstripes to be featured at the event:
- Original Pinstripe Stout
- Bacon Pinstripe Stout
- Bourbon Barrel Pinstripe Stout
- Cherry Pinstripe Stout
- Chocolate Pinstripe Stout
- Fireball Pinstripe Stout (yeah, it is going to be made with these)
- Habanero Pinstripe Stout (to be a part of a special “Habanero Challenge”)
- Maple Pinstripe Stout
- Peppered Pinstripe Stout
- Pumpkin Pinstripe Stout
- Rum Cask Pinstripe Stout
It is quite possible that a few other surprises might turn up at Pinstripe Fest, but the above versions will be available. Quantities of each batch will vary, but there should be plenty to go around to those in attendance.
In addition to all of the amazing beer to be enjoyed, musical entertainment will be provided by the Whiskey River Kings. Since the owners of Blue Pants are huge college football fans, I am sure the games will be on the screens in the taproom for those concerned about keeping up with their teams playing that evening.
Tickets for this event are available for purchase online (just click here) or at the Blue Pants taproom. Tickets are $22 for general admission or $25 for general admission plus a beautiful, commemorative glass. Both tiers of these tickets grant you access to unlimited Pinstripe samples and the live musical entertainment. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10.
I, for one, am incredibly excited to attend this event because Pinstripe Stout is easily one of the top 5 beers produced in Alabama today. If you are a fan of Pinstripe, you already know that you cannot miss this event. If you have never tried it, believe me when I say there will be no better time or event to get to know this beer and Blue Pants Brewery than the Pinstripe Fest. It is going to be nothing but good times with one amazing beer in an incredibly playful atmosphere. If something keeps you from attending, bottles and kegs of Pinstripe Stout should begin turning up at your favorite craft beer friendly bars, restaurants and retailers on November 12. Prost!