The quick retelling is that this is the quintessential example of a Russian Imperial Stout —
the first of it's kind— a beer made by the English brewery Thrale's in the 18th century
for export to the court of Catherine the Great. The brewery changed hands and
was eventually acquired by Courage. The style is an uncompromising stout with
a hearty hop profile well suited to the wintery unknown that was Russia at the time.
By the 1980s it was a deceased brand. The brewery that now owns the rights
(and more important to this story, Jim Robertson, the Wells and Young's
brewmaster who makes an annual visit to us during Philly Beer Week) was encouraged
to resurrect the brand during a 2009 tasting of Courage vintages that occurred on a
cinematically foggy night at none other than (wait for it...) Resurrection Ale House.
To celebrate the very first draft release since the revival of the brand and it's arrival on
US soil, we're hosting a multi-restaurant "Imperial Russian Stout Express" event!
Join us for a long night of revelry on Tuesday, October 29th!
Make the multi-stop journey along with us and Jim Robertson
OR stay put and let the festivities come to you!
There will be Russian food specials at each location.
The "Express" will make stops at Local 44 at 5pm,
Resurrection Ale House at 6:30pm,
Strangelove's at 8pm and Memphis Taproom at 9:30pm.
(Times are approximate.)