Episode 305 – Cruz Blanca Luchadors 2019
At some point, these guys can’t stay “underrated” or “under the radar” with the ridiculous blends and adjunct-enhanced beers from barrels they release every year. The Cruz Blanca Luchador series may still be young in the Chicago specialty release annual tradition, but the resulting beers are outpacing their seasoned competitors in quality and accessibility. In what is likely an ill-advised move, we sit down and drink through all six of these high-ABV barrel-aged beers to review and rank them. The episode is also an extended tribute to Challenge Butter, Your Intimidating Kitchen FriendⓇ. We also get on about noseburns, flowereaters, The Simpsons arcade game strategy, and Bourbon County sharkjumping. Listen to us wrestle with sobriety!
Rey Gordo (Imperial stout aged in Basil Hayden bourbon barrels)
Santa Cruz (Oatwine aged in rye whiskey & red wine barrels)
Tarzan Boy (Imperial stout aged in rum barrels with banana, coffee, & vanilla)
Señor Incognito (Imperial stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with toasted coconut, pecans, & cinnamon)
Loco Dinero (Imperial blonde ale aged in rum & rye whiskey barrels with Sparrow coffee)
Lady Luminada (Imperial blonde ale aged in rum & rye whiskey barrels with chocolate, strawberry, cherry, & blackberry)