Photo courtesy of Barrel of Monks Brewing.

April 10, 2021  

Barrel of Monks Brewing is Out to Prove a Point


Photo courtesy of Barrel of Monks Brewing.

The Belgian-inspired brewery to release its second IPA – and it’s not Belgian.

Back in January, Barrel of Monks released its first-ever IPA called “Endless Enigma.” Each of the 45 cases sold in one day. Next Saturday, the monks will double down with a double IPA.

On April 17, from 12 to 5 p.m., the West Boca tasting room will celebrate its six-year anniversary with a new 8.5% ABV, hazy double IPA called “Just to Prove a Point.”

Kevin Abbott, one of the brewery’s co-owners, made it clear to Broward Beer: This is not a Belgian IPA. It may have the fruity Belgian yeast, but it was brewed and dry-hopped with Idaho 7, Strata, and Mosaic hops.

“It’s not quite a New England IPA, but our Belgian-style version of it,” Abbott said. “Our goal is to show people that we’re more than just a Belgian brewery.”

The beer style isn’t the only way the monks are breaking away from tradition.

Historically, Barrel of Monks puts out a 10% ABV, barrel-aged, Belgian beer in a 750 mL bottle with a cork and cage on its anniversary. This year, there are three different beers in limited-released cans…

1. “Just to Prove a Point”

“Just to Prove a Point” in a 16-ounce can.

  • Style: Hazy double IPA
  • Price: $15.99 per four-pack of 16-ounce cans or $6 per single at the party.
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • Flavor: Pungent, tropical ale, heavily dry-hopped with three different hop styles.

2. “Mocha Quad”

“Mocha Quadrupel” in a 16-ounce can.

  • Style: Mocha Quadrupel
  • Price: $15.99 per four-pack of 16-ounce cans or $6 per single at the party.
  • ABV: 10.5%
  • Flavor: Rich and roasty ale brewed with coffee, cocoa nibs, and vanilla.

3. “Wizard Wit”

“Wizard Wit” in a 12-ounce can.

  • Style: White ale
  • Price: $9.99 per six-pack of 12-ounce cans and $4 per single at the party.
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Flavor: Crisp, light, fruity with clove-like taste and aromas.

“I honestly can’t believe I got all of my partners to sign off on this,” Abbott said. “This is about as far apart from our traditional anniversary beers as we’ve ever done or could do.”

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