5 Years of Love, Lost at Sea
In 2018, we marked our first major brewery expansion by brewing a specialty, barrel-aged beer. Love, Lost at Sea was a confluence of beginnings for Buoy Beer Company, not only it’s first bottle release but the launch of our barrel program, the River Barrel Series. In the past 5 years, the vintages of Love, Lost at Sea have been released annually on Valentine’s Day, another bottle series Decapitator Doppelbock was developed, and many draft-only barrel-aged beers have been released.
“It’s hard to believe we’re on year five with this barleywine,” says Toby Armstrong, Lead Brewer. “We’ve seen a lot of change in the brewery since our first release of Love, Lost at Sea. Lots of folks have come and gone, the brewery itself has undergone multiple expansions, and very little looks the same around here — but this beer has remained, in many ways, unchanged. While the older vintages have mellowed out, this year’s Love, Lost at Sea has a toasty, drying character like cavendish tobacco. Hints of vanilla and graham cracker lurk in the backdrop. Like a fishing story, this is a beer that grows bigger and better with every retelling.”
Two weekends this February, the Taproom will offer vertical flights of the 2018-2022 Love, Lost at Sea bottles. Bottles stored for 1-5 years will be cracked open and poured into Spey whisky drams to savor and compare how the barleywine has changed and evolved through the years. We have been stashing away cases and are excited to share the development of this beer and this series. It begins as the same ale every year, then is put in bourbon barrels from varying distilleries. To have a range of years aged in bottles for this tasting event is a unique opportunity for those who haven’t been saving bottles in their personal stash since 2018.
2018 – 11.8% Bull Run Distilling barrels for 5 months. Artist: @kylermartz
2019 – 10.4% Bull Run Distilling barrels for 12 months. Artist: @chrisleetatter
2020 – 12% Mile High Spirits barrels for 12 months. Artist: @holland_oatez
2021 – 12% OOLA Distilling barrels for 10 months. Artist: @marenatattoos
2022 – 13.5% Freeland Spirits barrels for 10 months. Artist: @cubantoledo
The label artwork for Love, Lost at Sea was created by Aaron Toledo. Originally from KCMO, Aaron moved to Oregon in 2002 where he’s been tattooing at Keepsake Tattoo Studio ever since. Aaron is inspired by the ocean, the woods, far reaches of the earth, and “crazy-ass people,” which is probably why he’s tattooed so many around Astoria.
Love, Lost at Sea 2022 will be available in refillable 500ml bottles distributed in Oregon & Washington.