A wave of radio static is interrupted by a mysterious buzzing tone…
When I first learned that Wellington Brewery was going to have a launch party for the UVB-76 series, I was excited to learn that it would also have SEVEN MORE variations of the UVB-76! I knew that I would have to book a Uber or a Designated Driver for this event considering that the ABV is a whoopin’ high ABV of 11.9%!
Also, if you’re interested in the name of UVB-76, head over to YouTube and watch this little 10 minutes long doc. It’s some pretty interesting stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxWwBaleuhM
A wave of radio static is interrupted by a mysterious buzzing tone and occasionally a voice repeating the names: Roman, Mikhail, Alexei, and Nikita. UVB-76, also known as “the Buzzer”, is a mysterious Russian radio station that has been broadcasting continuously since 1973. Inspired by this cryptic transmission, we brewed a massive Imperial Russian Stout and aged it for over 4 months in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.Wellington Brewery
Wellington Brewery was also releasing a four-pack (two originals returning, two new variations), Roman, Mikhail, Nikita and Alexei that would be for sale at the brewery and online shop. They were also offering a glassware that would accompany these beautiful Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts as well.
Here’s my take on this event.
When I first arrived at the brewery via a drop-off, I promptly went to the retail part of the brewery to purchase the UVB-76 4-pack and the glassware. Since I’m a fan of this series, I got another 4-pack to enjoy over the Holidays. Heck, I did the same thing last year and I cellared it too. It’s still in the cellar, transmitting to me via cochlear implant.
Once I purchased the beer and glassware, I went to the Iron Duke Pub where they were having the Launch Party for the UVB-76. There was several variations as you can see above on the poster above, including a special one on cask that was blended just a week before.
That special one on cask? Well, there’s a inside joke among the brewers when it comes to Fishermen’s Friend. Yes, you’re reading that right. Jeff Wilson, the mastermind genius behind this UVB-76 series decided to blend Fisherman’s Friend with the UVB-76 base. Well, it was surprisingly pretty good for what it was. With that first sniff, it was instantly Fisherman’s Friend and that sip? Holy menthol! You picked up all notes of the UVB-76 , chocolately, dark coffee, menthol. It was an experience, that’s for sure.
As one would expect, there would be lots of hits, and well, some misses. To be honest with you, there was only one miss for me and that was Katya variation with coconut and dried mangoes. I wasn’t really picking up any notes of said ingredients. However, that’s okay. There was a lot more hits that delivered a punch , such as Elena with Mint and Cocoa Nibs and Oksana with Juniper, Orange peel and Lemon peel. I would also have to give high praises to Yuri (Pecan Pies, Maple Syrup, and Lactose), Vasiliy (Salted Caramel), and Roman(2017) which I ended the event with an 8oz pour.
I was there from 11am til 12:30pm which was more than enough time to enjoy these variations of UVB-76 in 2oz pours, that is. I ended the day with a 8oz pour of 2017 version of Roman and a tour of the Wellington Brewery which I haven’t been on since I moved to Guelph 5 years ago. Oh, a treat for that tour? The mastermind behind UVB-76, Jeff Wilson was leading the charge and telling us the history of the brewery and its expansion.
At the time of writing, there are still UVB-76 packs to purchase which you can order online through their store. Here’s the link. Also, here’s the link for the glassware as well! It would also make a great fantastic gift for that stout lover in your life… or…even for yourself!
In addition, I’ve also took some footage as well. Bare with me. The event was free to attend, there was live music and food as well. What a wonderful time and hopefully they will continue to do these fantastic launch parties as it makes the beer even more special.