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Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre celebrates 15 years with 15 Southern Tier beers on tap, including 3 firkins

Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre celebrates 15 years with 15 Southern Tier beers on tap, including 3 firkins
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Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre is celebrating their 15-year anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 18 with the largest Southern Tier Brewing Company tap takeover in Pennsylvania, which is huge for fans of the Lakewood, New York brewery and beer aficionados in general.

Starting at 2 p.m., there will be 15 Southern Tier beers – one for each year – on tap, including three firkins that are exclusive to this event. For those unfamiliar, a firkin is a small wooden or metal keg used for cask conditioning, and the spout is driven into the barrel horizontally, allowing the beer to flow out naturally carbonated and fermented. Beer Boys (176 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre) features them every year during their Firkin Fall Fest.

Below is the full list of beers available, along with descriptions of each:

On tap:

1. Gemini

Aroma: Piney, resinous
Flavor: Moderate sweetness from malts, heavy hop bite

2. Warlock

Aroma: Pumpkin pie, spice, roasted malts
Flavor: Pumpkin pie laced with coffee and dark chocolate, smooth velvety mouthfeel, finishes slightly sweeter than Pumpking

3. Unearthly

Aroma: Sweet malts, piney hops, a bit grassy
Flavor: Lightly sweet, carmel, big hops linger, peppery

4. 2012 OAT

Aroma: Roasted malt, hearty dark fruits, oatmeal, caramel
Flavor: Dark fruit, toffee, oatmeal, earthy oak, roasted nut

5. Mokah

Aroma: Rich coffee, syrupy chocolate, taosty malts
Flavor: Cocoa nibs, bittersweet, espresso, roasted malts, balancing sweet and bitterness

6. Choklat

Aroma: Chocolate, sweet caramel notes, hints of vanilla
Flavor: Chocolate, dark cherries, lightly woody and bittersweet

7. Pumking

Aroma: Pumpkin, pie spices, buttery crust, vanilla, roasted pecans
Flavor: Malty sweetness, vanilla, clove, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust

8. Krampus

Aroma: Pine and wood, floral and citrus
Flavor: Bright, fresh hops, pine, citric, crisp lager taste is apparent

9. Live

Aroma: Sweet malts, citrusy hops, pine
Flavor: Hops dominates then mingle with the malts, dry finish

10. IPA

Aroma: Lightly floral, citrus, pine
Flavor: Malt balances piney hops, with a bit of sweetness juxtaposing the lingering bitterness

11. Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Ale

Aroma: Biscuity with a hint of malt, earthy
Flavor: Grassy and floral, light and refined sweetness, straw

12. 2XSteam

Aroma: Earthy, woody, slightly minty
Flavor: Lightly toasted malts with woody and earthy hops, subtle but firm bitterness

Firkins:

13. Crème Brule

Aroma: Vanilla, custard, brown sugar
Flavor: Caramelized sugar, vanilla, custard, nicely sweet and balanced, rich and milky

14. 2XIPA

Aroma: Citrus, floral hops, a bit piney
Flavor: Grapefruit, bitter lemon, doughty sweetness

15. Where the Helles Summer

Aroma: Bready, slightly herbal hops
Flavor: Biscuity, malty beer, perfectly balanced with noble hops

For more details, see Beer Boys’ Facebook page or the event page.