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Toppling Goliath Assassin

DECORAH — Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. is killing it. Their Assassin is helping.

Another limited release beer is drawing the interest of thousands as the brewery’s whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout, Assassin, is scheduled for release Friday.

The release won’t be a party like the brewery’s release of Morning Delight in October – the taproom won’t hold the 1,000 ticket holders, and it’s too cold to move the party outside.

“For an event like this, it’s a lot more chaotic and stressful for staff,” said Toppling Goliath owner Clark Lewey.

But that doesn’t mean the beer won’t be flowing elsewhere. Kegs of Assassin have been distributed around Decorah and other longtime Toppling Goliath accounts in Northeast Iowa.

“It seemed like the right thing to do for what will likely be our last release in our small, little taproom.”

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About 15,000 people registered for an online lottery to be one of 1,000 people invited to the Toppling Goliath tap room to purchase a package that includes two 22-ounce bottles of 2016 Assassin, one bottle of 2016 KBBS and commemorative glassware for $200.

On the heels of the brewery’s Morning Delight release, in which about 60,000 attempted logins crashed a third-party ticket seller, this latest limited-release beer is proving to be more orderly.

Construction continues on an expansion of the brewery’s production facility and a nearly 9,000-square-foot facility. The next batch of the beer, which is one of four Toppling Goliath beers on Rate Beer’s top 50, will likely be at the new facility.

When that will be is up in the air. Assassin and KBBS are ready when they’re ready, Lewey said. It takes about 17 to 20 months for a batch to age in whiskey barrels.

“It’s sought after and people know we do not package it until it’s perfect,” Lewey said.

Assassin was first released in 2012, and Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout, a 12 percent alcohol by volume imperial stout brewed with coffee aged in bourbon barrels, also debuted in 2012.

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