Lakefront Brewery will offer four varieties of specialty beers during its Black Friday event this year. (Photo: Lakefront Brewery, Inc.)
Lakefront Brewery switches up its annual Black Friday bottle release with four varieties of its trademark stout for $20 each and a limited-edition bottle of stout for $100 each.
The limited-edition stout has been aging in barrels since 2014 — five years and 10 months, to be precise. It comes in a 750-milliliter bottle.
Only 100 bottles of the limited-edition beer will be available during the sale. Lakefront, 1872 N. Commerce St., opens to the public at 8 a.m. on Nov. 29.
Limited-edition bottles will be available to buyers in person and only on a first-come, first-served basis.
The brewery started its Black Friday tradition — selling 22-ounce bottles of barrel-aged stout on the day after Thanksgiving — in 2012. The sale has become an event of sorts with beer lovers assembling on Thanksgiving night to get the first spots in line. Lakefront also has turned the bottle sale into an event with a food truck for breakfast treats outside and specialty beers on tap inside.
The popularity of Lakefront’s Black Friday event has led other craft brewers to follow suit.
This year’s lineup includes Black Friday, stout aged in bourbon barrels; Rye Barrel-Aged Black Friday, a stout aged in rye barrels for 2½ years; Rum Barrel-Aged Fruit Cake Black Friday, a strong ale aged in rum barrels; and Barleywine Black Friday strong ale.
The beers will be sold in four packs of three Black Friday stouts with one Rye Barrel-Aged Black Friday or two Black Friday Barleywine beers with two Fruit Cake strong ales. The packages are $80. Single beers will also be available for sale.
This year, there will be more than double the offerings of Black Friday brews than in the past, said Michael Stodola, Lakefront’s brand manager. The brewery will have available for sale 4,600 bottles of Black Friday; 1,850 of Rye Barrel-Aged; 2,750 bottles of Fruit Cake; and 2,750 bottles of Barleywine.
Inside Lakefront, the regular beer lineup will be available by the glass.
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