Airways Brewing has always been a worthwhile stop for anyone in the vicinity of its Kent taproom/bistro, but the year-old brewery has just begun bottling one of its creations.
The first Airways beer to make it to store shelves, just might be its last, if the supposed ancient Mayan prophecy proves true. The brewery’s Final Departure Imperial Stout is a nod to the idea that the world might end on December 21—so you might as well drink some serious beers between now and then.
Final Departure has a massive ABV of 9.9 percent, meaning the end of the world might be preferable to the hangover that comes from polishing off a whole bottle on your own. It’s Airways’ darkest beer yet; other popular aviation-themed creations include its Sky Hag IPA and Jet City ESB. Brewer and owner Alex Dittmar describes it as having notes of chocolate and coffee, a “toasty finish” and a good dose of hoppy bitterness. And if the world doesn't, in fact, come to an end, these bottles are a great candidate for at least a few months of ageing in the cellar.
Right now, 22-ounce bottles of Final Departure are available at bottle shops like Full Throttle, Beer Junction, Wine World, and Malt and Vine (here's the full list). It’s a limited release, available—of course—through December 21. Airways is also throwing an End of Days party December 20 from 3 to midnight at its taproom, letting people count down to eternity with Final Departure on tap, as well as versions aged in rum and whiskey barrels.