FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Great Basin Brewing Company Releases Highly-Anticipated Specialty Beer
September 22, 2016
Holds Open House For Release, Benefits National Men's Organization
Reno, Nev. (September 22, 2016) – Craft beer aficionados from all over the region have been patiently waiting for Great Basin Brewing Company’s newest beer release – 808 Scytale. In fact, they’ve been waiting since December 20, 2013 when Great Basin’s brewers first filled wooden barrels that used to store bourbon. This Thursday the wait is over, but only for a limited amount of customers.
Scytale, which draws its name from an ancient cryptography device, is an Imperial Stout with roasted, chocolate, dark caramel, and molasses characteristics that is then aged in whiskey or bourbon barrels for over a year where it develops additional notes of vanilla, spice, coconut, dark stone fruits, and oak. Each of the three releases of Scytale corresponds to the number of days the beer rested in barrels: 404 days, 385 days, and now 808 days.
The majority of this batch was bottled as 404 Scytale, but Tom Young, Owner and Brewmaster of Great Basin Brewing Company held back two barrels for extended aging. Young notes, “The extra time spent in the wood gave 808 some interesting traits. It rounded out any harsh edges and really lets smooth vanilla and bourbon-spiked chocolate linger on the tongue.” Those two barrels have produced just 300 bottles of 808 Scytale.
For the chance to purchase this coveted beer, Great Basin is opening the doors of Taps & Tanks (their production brewery) at 1155 S. Rock Blvd, Reno, NV from 5-9pm on Thursday, September 22, 2016. There will be a limit of two bottles per customer, on a first-come first-served basis. Bottles will be available for $28 each plus tax.
In addition to being able to purchase bottles to go and try 808 Scytale for the only time on tap, there will be brewery tours, games, food, music provided by members of Jelly Bread, and a raffle with proceeds supporting Pints for Prostates. Pints for Prostates is a non-profit campaign that uses the universal language of beer to reach men about the importance of regular health screenings and early detection.
“We’re honored to help play our part in raising awareness across the country for this important issue,” said Young. “When it comes to prostate cancer, there’s no ifs, ands or buts - early screening is crucial in fighting back against it.”
About Great Basin Brewing Company
Great Basin Brewing Company, Nevada’s oldest and most award-winning brewery, has two restaurant/brewery locations in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. The brewery offers a full menu and a wide variety of beers — four flagship beers and many seasonal specials, many having won awards at the most prestigious Great American Beer Festival® and the World Beer Cup®. For more information about Great Basin Brewing Company, visit greatbasinbrewingco.com.
About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 233,000 new prostate cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@pints4prostates).
About Great Basin Brewing Company
Great Basin Brewing Company, Nevada’s oldest and most award-winning brewery, has two restaurant/ brewery locations in Reno and Sparks, Nevada. Great Basin also features a tasting room at the Taps and Tanks production brewery in Reno. The brewery offers a full menu and a wide variety of beers — four flagship beers and many seasonal brewmaster specials, many having won awards at the most prestigious Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. For more information about Great Basin Brewing Company, visit greatbasinbrewingco.com.