Bold Flavors and Heaps of Hops to Warm the Soul

The weather’s getting colder in North Carolina. What better way to warm up than with a nice barrel-aged barley wine! Barleywines are strong ales with high ABV (yeah, that’ll warm you up) which typically get better with age. You’d think from the name “Barley Wine” this is a wine and not a beer. But think about it… isn’t all beer made with barley a wine of sorts? Ye olde Beer Wiki tells me the reason it’s not a wine is because it’s made with grain and not fruit.

I imagine my Bernier Barley Wine to be an American Barleywine. Something like Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada—a beast of a brew! American Barleywines are typically more hop-forward and bitter than their English Barleywine cousins. But that’s not to say those aren’t delicious as well. Have you ever tried Irish Walker from Olde Hickory Brewery? Or maybe you’ve been even luckier and had their limited release Omega Point—a barleywine of barleywines aged to perfection! (It only scored 96 out of 100 on Beer Advocate and a 98 on

You can learn more about the subtle differences between American and English Barleywines, as well as how they differ from Belgian Strong Dark Ales. (Hint: it’s the yeast!)

A Distressed Font for an Aged Beer

Bernier is a vintage uppercase-only font—simply perfect for a Beer-Type logo! It comes with 3 different styles (Regular, Distressed & Shade). And did I mention it’s FREE? Wow, you just can’t get better than that. Check it out on Font Fabric, and while you’re at it be sure to visit the designer’s Behance page. Many thanks to Ryan Pyae for creating this typeface and allowing people like myself to design with it for no cost!

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