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Fast Facts on Cruz Blanca’s New Barrel-Aged Series: Luchador Club

Fast Facts on Cruz Blanca’s New Barrel-Aged Series: Luchador Club
Taylor Laabs
Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Chef Rick Bayless’ revered Chicago-based Cruz Blanca Brewery and Tequiera is most-known for its contemporary Mexican cuisine and daring craft beer creations. Now, they’re getting into the barrel-aged game with the debut of their barrel-aged series: Luchador Club, launching December 2nd. Cruz Blanca’s new barrel-aged offerings will add a unique, Mexican-infused element to Chicago’s vast assortment of barrel-aged powerhouses like Goose Island BCBS, Half Acre Big Hugs and Revolution’s Deep Wood series – and I for one can’t wait to try it. Here’s what you need to know.

Fast Facts

  • Beer Name: The first three variants of the Luchador Club:
    • REY GORDO IMPERIAL STOUT: Imperial Stout aged ten months in bourbon, rum and brandy barrels. Rolling thunder smackdown of espresso, oak and toasted marshmallow. 10% ABV (Green)
    • BARLEYBOMBA BARLEYWINE: Barleywine aged ten months in bourbon, rum and brandy barrels. Heavyweight tag team notes of maple, fig, graham cracker and burnt sugar. 11% ABV (Orange)
    • WORLDWIDE IMPERIAL BROWN: Imperial Brown Ale aged nine months in bourbon, rum and brandy barrels. Over-the-ropes body slam of bakers chocolate, toffee and pecan brittle. 12% ABV (Pink)
  • Distribution: Bottles will only be sold on-premise
  • Pricing: 500ml bottles to-go for $20 each – no bottle limit
Credit: Cruz Blanca

Release Party Details

  • When: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST on Saturday, December 2nd
  • Where: Cruz Blanca, 904 W. Randolph St.
  • What is Available:
    • All of the Luchador Club variants will be available on draft and for purchase, PLUS some new “Tag Team” Variants available on-draft only:
      • Cafebomba: Barleybomba with coffee, toasted coconut and vanilla
      • Pecancho: Sr. Worldwide with pecans, piloncillo and ancho chiles
      • Xoco Gordo: Rey Gordo with Xoco chocolate and sweet orange peel
    • Cruz Blanca will also have the following rare bottles available for on-premise consumption:
      • Agent Piña Saison
      • Blood of the Flamingo Black Raspberry Berliner
      • Jollification Belgian Tripel
      • Corn Grisette
    • Food: A bunch of the delicious tacos and Mexican cuisine for which Rick Bayless is known
    • Live music

Interested in attending this barrel-aged celebration? Let me know in the comments below. Cheers!

Feature image courtesy of Cruz Blanca


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