Gravity Head’s third weekend begins on Friday, March 8, with Flat12, Founders and NABC.

Gravity Head 2013’s third weekend begins at 11:00 a.m. this Friday morning, March 8, and it’s going to be a troika of epic dimensions.

It’s “Cavalier Distributing & Founders Brewing Night,” but this alone inadequately describes the scene, because most and possibly all of the Gravity Head tap space will be allocated to three breweries. Representatives from each will be on hand. Follow the highlighted links for more detailed descriptions of their beers:

Flat12 Bierwerks (Indianapolis IN)
Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids MI)
New Albanian Brewing Company (New Albany IN)

Founders and NABC are distributed in Indiana by Cavalier, while Flat12 is available through World Class Beer.

Here’s the list of 19, which includes two previously unannounced NABC cellar * bonuses:

13F RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT
Flat12 Pinko Russian Imperial Stout 10.3%
Founders Imperial Stout (2011) 10.5%

14C IMPERIAL INDIA PALE ALE
Flat12 Highway to Hops 10%
Flat12 Winter Cycle 9.3%
NABC/De Struise/LBS B’Urban Trotter (2011) 9.2%

19A. OLD ALE
Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale 9.8%

19C. AMERICAN BARLEYWINE
*NABC Jaxon (2010) 11%

21A. SPICE, HERB, OR VEGETABLE BEER
Founders Breakfast Stout (2011) 8.3%

22C. WOOD-AGED BEER
Flat12 Bourbon Barrel Winter Cycle Double IPA (2012) 9.4%
Flat12 Pinko RIS KGBaylor (Pappy Van Winkle) 11%
Flat12 Pinko RIS Nitro (Pappy Van Winkle) 10.5%
Founders Backwoods Bastard (2012) 10.2%
Founders Bolt Cutter (15th Anniversary) 15%
NABC IX — Ninth Anniversary Ale (2010) Circa 9%
NABC Bourbondaddy (2012) 9.5%
*NABC Quadrageddon (2011) Circa 9.2%

23. SPECIALTY BEER
NABC/O’Fallon/Schlafly C2 Collaboration Ale (2010) 10.7%
NABC Stumble Bus (2012) 11.2%
NABC Turbo Hog (2012) 9.5%

To add even more heft to Friday’s Third Weekend lineup at Gravity Head 2013, we sent Josh Hill into the cellar to locate kegs we’ve been keeping for a while. He did good. First, a familiar furry face.

*Jaxon (2010) … The one you know.

American Barley Wine
ABV: 11%
IBU: 100
OG: 28 degrees Plato

Drop the leash, already. Jaxon’s been resting since midway through Barack Obama’s first term. Jaxon teasingly asks the question, “With a bark like that, who needs Pat?,” because NABC’s properly pedigreed Barleywine was brewed at Bank Street Brewhouse and aged by David Pierce (creator of the legendary Bearded Pat’s Barley Wine). Only the first runnings were collected from the mash tun, with no sparge, meaning three separate mashes made up this batch.

Malts: Special Pale, Dingeman’s Biscuit, Cara 45, Special B

Hops: Centennial, Simcoe, Chinook in two additions;
Cascade in the whirlpool; dry hopped twice with whole cone Cascade

Yeast: House Ale

Josh didn’t stop there.

*Quadrageddon (2011) … The one you’ve never seen.

Former NABC brewer Jared Williamson created Quadrageddon in early 2011 with the express purpose of setting the beer aside. Early tastings in 2011 were malty and hot, but after two years of cellaring, it’s winey, tannic and dry with a touch of tartness. In other words, it’s time to see what the world thinks. Jared was kind enough to e-mail an overview.

Malt: 2 row, Castle Biscuit and Special B; perhaps some Castle Aromatic, too.

Hops: A variety; probably around 30 IBU

Yeast: Chouffe

Aged in Cabernet barrels (previously used for the C2 collaboration batch aging) for +/- 10 months.

Finished around 9.2%ABV

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