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Cigar City announces first El Catador beer

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Cigar City Brewing hasn’t wasted any time sending out special communiques to its new El Catador Club members. There was a poll to determine the T-shirt color (Navy Blue eventually won by a landslide, despite my vote for black). There was a members-only keg of 2012 Good Gourd tapped. A couple other polls seeking feedback on how to do things. And now …

Forgotten Island will be the first Cigar City Brewing beer made available to El Catador Club members. (Photo provided by Cigar City)

Forgotten Island will be the first Cigar City Brewing beer made available to El Catador Club members. (Photo provided by Cigar City)

The first beer has been announced, and it sounds like a delicious doozy. Dubbed “Forgotten Island,” it’s a Belgian Quad aged in rum barrels. This one sounds perfect to warm me up after bicycling home on a chilly night -- so I’ll likely be cellaring it until at least November.

Here’s the brewery’s description: “Forgotten Island is aged in Appleton rum barrels, originating from Jamaica. This distillery makes the oldest barrel-aged rum in the world. The barrel lends notes of vanilla, molasses, orange peel, cocoa, brown sugar, nutmeg, hazelnut, apricot and peach. This plethora of flavors and aromas from the rum barrels intermingles with banana, clove, cinnamon, fig, plum and brown sugar aromatics and flavors from the quadrupel, creating a crescendo of elegance in a long flavorful finale.”

At 15% ABV, it's also their booziest beer to date. I suspect this will be well worth saving for a winter treat.

They will have additional bottles available for members who want extras, but my understanding is that the surplus will also be members-only. So if that sounds enticing to you and you didn't join the club, you might want to get your trade bait ready.

As an addendum: CCB announced the online membership sales through Facebook, and they were a bit sneaky about it. We missed the initial post, and they started taking sign-up emails a mere three hours later. Apologies for not being able to share that information with anyone who might have been waiting for an update.

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