UPDATE: Bottle sales of Anno Unum start at noon today (8/10/2011) on Brown Paper tickets here. Bottles are $25 each with a two bottle limit.
Hess Brewing Company will be celebrating their one year anniversary on Saturday August 13th from 12-6pm at their brewery in Miramar. The party will feature live music, food and of course beer. In addition to all the standard Hess favorites the first in what they plan to be an annual series of anniversary beers will be released. The first release, appropriately titled Anno Unum, will be a Belgian-Style Oaked India Pale Ale.
Hess recently received label approval for 750ml bottles of Anno Unum, which show that the bottles will be limited to 200 and each will be individually numbered. According to Hess’s Facebook page the bottles will be sold via Brown Paper Tickets online. With only 200 bottles available chances are they’ll go pretty fast, but hopefully they can avoid the chaos that many limited bottle releases have become recently.
The message from brewery founder Mike Hess on the label states:
Happy birthday to us! The beer you are holding, Anno Unum, represents a significant milestone – it is the first in what we expect to be a long line of Hess Brewing’s Anno-series birthday celebration beers. We opened our doors one year ago as San Diego’s first production nano-brewery and now we’ve poured everything we have into this bottle. You hold in your hand a beer that honors the tradition of craft brewing and exemplifies the reputation we’ve worked hard to garner – a reputation for delicious, well-balanced craft brews.
What is Anno Unum? Big. Belgian-Style. Hoppy. Unexpected. Uniquely Hess. It is, like everything we brew Great Beer. No exceptions. No Excuses.
Belgian-Style IPA made with Pilsner, Rye & Munich malts. Chinook and Falconer’s Flight hops. San Diego water, yeast and a whole lot of love.
Anno Unum comes in at 9.2% ABV and was brewed on July 9th, 2011. The label suggests that the beer be aged, which is unusual for an IPA most of which are recommended to be drank fresh. but with a high ABV, oak and Belgian yeast the beer will certainly change, hopefully for the better.
I believe this will be Hess’s first beer released in bottles.
Check Hess’s Facebook for more details on the Anniversary Party. I’ll be sure to update this post with more details about the bottle sales when they become available.