This article about barley wine from GQ magazine states that barley wines can be hard to find. Well, that’s only if you don’t live in Montana, where Big Sky Brewing Co., Bitterroot Brewing and Blackfoot River Brewing Co. all produce outstanding barley wines, just to name a few.
Still, I agree with the assessment that barley wines are a unique beer that should be sipped and enjoyed slowly. They’re a beer where you can really learn about fruit and nut flavors in beer, and they stand out from other beers mainly because of their malty sweetness tempered only by bold hops and their high alcohol content.
Besides the locals, you can find some good barley wines at the Good Food Store and at Worden’s Market.