The Canberra brewer has released its 2022 birthday beer, an imperial stout aged in foeder beer barrels for 6 months.

Billed as a ‘winter warmer’, Descent 22 is a 10 per cent ABV stout and combines vanilla, oak and wild yeast characters from its barrel ageing with roasty, bitter, black malt leather-like esters.

Bentspoke brewer and director Richard Watkins said: “Descent 22, like its eight predecessors, is a great combination of barrel ageing and roasty malty flavours that give you warmth, composure and the sense that you have conquered winter.”

BentSpoke co-owner Tracy Margrain said the release of Descent 22 gives the company the chance to celebrate alongside staff and the public alike. 

“Ever since we opened our doors back in June 2014, we have always celebrated our birthday with the whole BentSpoke family. It’s great to reflect on all our successes and celebrate those with all the people that have ridden that same trail.”

Bentspoke first opened its doors on June 6 in 2014, and is the brainchild of Watkins and Margrain. The duo celebrated the brewery’s birthday this week, alongside family and staff, launching their birthday beer with some live, local music.

A statement to press said that the Russian Imperial Stout ‘has become a local favourite’, with the beer available on tap at BentSpoke’s BrewPub in Braddon, and ready for purchase at the brewer’s online shop, and will also feature in bottle shops on the east coast. 

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