It’s been five long years since we last brewed Bracia, our strong, dark ale. We have brewers on the team here who’ve never even heard of it, let alone tried it, so I’m guessing that there’s plenty of Thornbridge fans out there who haven’t either. Back in 2008, there weren’t that many strong brews available to the UK craft beer drinker and I remember when it was first released, around Christmastime of that year, in chunky, old fashioned 500ml bottles (some would argue the best bottle size you can get). As a huge fan of strong dark beers, I loved it and I looked forward to its occasional release, as did many others. Back when ‘Ratebeer’ was a thing, Bracia scored 100/100, one of very few beers in the world to do so at the time and helped Thornbridge gain international notoriety. It’s safe to say Bracia is a unique brew and, I think, one that helped define Thornbridge as a brewery that is not scared to innovate or push the boundaries of what beer can be. 10% ABV.