Time flies when you’re drinking — and making — beer.
Mile Wide Beer Co. will celebrate its second anniversary this weekend, Dec. 7-9, with several events and beer releases at the taproom, as well as a return of a favorite beer in Uncle Disheveled, a coffee stout brewed in conjunction with Highland Coffee Co., using pecan coffee.
This once-per-year beer release happens Friday, Dec. 7, and the beer will stick around in draft and carryout in 16-ounce cans while supplies last.
Asked if it seemed like two years had passed, co-owner Scott Shreffler said: “It depends on which day you ask me. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s already been two years, and other times it feels much longer.”
On Saturday, Dec. 8, live local music takes center stage, featuring the Whiskey Riders, Small Time Napoleon, Corey Tyler and DJ Cat Casual, starting at 6:30 p.m. On that night, Mile Wide will release a special beer for the second anniversary, a brut-style IPA that is dry and effervescent — beer meets champagne, if you will.
The Saturday celebration will include a special anniversary toast of the brut IPA served in a commemorative glass. For $10, attendees can get the anniversary flute with a pour of the IPA; four-packs of the special beer will be available for purchase to take home as well.
On Sunday, Dec. 9, the brewery will host a coup de grâce event beginning at 1 p.m., which includes the release of five limited-edition bottled and wax-topped beers, plus a free brunch buffet.
The buffet will be provided by the Bristol Bar & Grille, which also be collecting donations for the Food Literacy Project, a local organization that provides farm-based food education and development programs for youths.
Beers released on Sunday will include Royal McPoyle and two variants of the imperial stout, one brewed with Highland Coffee Co.’s Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and the other with Madagascar vanilla beans.
In addition, Mile Wide will roll out two barrel-aged beers in 500ml bottles: Redecorator, an eight-month-aged doppelbock, and Buku, an American imperial stout aged nearly a year.
Shreffler said those barrel-aged beers have been part of long-term planning.
“It seems fitting for our first big barrel-aged beer release to fall on our anniversary,” he explained. “These two years have been absolutely amazing for all of us at Mile Wide. It was important to us to show our appreciation with festivities and, of course, some world-class beer.”
Mile Wide, owned by Shreffler, Kyle Tavares, Matt Landon and Patrick Smith, is located at 636 Barret Ave.