Not with a bang, but with a beer. Yes, that’s right, another nod to the “end of days” makes its appearance with the new release of Kent microbrewery Airways Brewing’s “Final Departure” imperial stout. This being Airways’ first bottling venture by the growing craft brewery, Final Departure is a play on the legend of the fast-approaching end of the Mayan calendar (known as the “end of days”) on December 21; “Ensuring the last beer you enjoy is one you’ll never forget,” according to the press release the brewery put out announcing the beer this week. With Elysian Brewing’s release of an entire 12-beer series (The 12 Beers of the Apocalypse), we shouldn’t be too surprised that more breweries are making reference to this ominous occasion.
After two and a half years making great beer out of their brewery in the industrial center in Kent, Airways has a lot to show for. Last November, Airways opened a second location, the Airways Bistro, which not only offers their beers on tap but delicious artisan food pairings as well. Moving into bottling after such a short time for this growing microbrewery seems like the natural next step.
“As our time on earth supposedly draws to an end, we’ve brewed up something special and truly unique for what may be the last beer you ever drink,” said Alex Dittmar, owner and head brewer at Airways Brewing Company. “Plus, we figured what better time to start bottling our beer – just in case.”
But don’t worry – this big, bold stout is sure to make those enjoying it forget what potentially lies just ahead. Intended to be opened on December 20, the day before the predicted end of the world, Final Departure Imperial Stout boasts a 9.9 percent ABV and 75 IBUs. As Airways Brewing’s darkest beer yet, notes of coffee and chocolate give way to a toasty finish accompanied by a firm hop bitterness. For those who dare to take a chance, this limited edition stout was designed get better with age, giving hope to a world after “the end of days.”
You’ll be able to find Final Departure in 22-ounce bottles throughout the Seattle and Tacoma area at select specialty bottle shops – including Full Throttle Bottles, Special Brews, 99 Bottles, Beer Junction, Dog and Pony, Beer Authority, The Red House, Malt and Vine, Pint Defiance, Vashon Thriftway and more – now through December 21.
In addition, Airways will be hosting an “End of Days” party on December 20 at their tap room in Kent. The party goes from 3 p.m. to midnight, and in addition to the standard draft of Final Departure and other delicious Airways beers, there will be two special barrel aged versions of the imperial stout available, aged in rum and whiskey barrels.