At 9,9% ABV Tiburcio Vasquez is by far the “weakest” of the bunch. A Foreign Extra Stout that spent 11 months in Jack Daniels, Tennessee Whiskey barrels.
Born in Monterey in 1835, when California was still a Mexican province, Tiburcio Vasquez got in bad company already as a teenager when he started hanging out with notorious bandido, Anastacio García. And although he didn’t participate when García killed a local police constable, his presence alone was bad enough in the eyes of the law. At the age of only 17 he was declared an outlaw. Now a hunted man with a price on his head, Vasquez gathered a posse of young comrades and others who were all in conflict with frontier law. He launched into a career of holdups and robberies which was to cost many lives and terrorize the southern half of California for more than 20 years. However, Vasquez was said always to be reluctant to take life. He repeatedly warned his followers not to kill, even when his own life was in grave danger. And by many Hispanics he was regarded as some sort of a Mexican-American Robin Hood, protecting both him and his gang from a racist government and legislation. His many holdups and attacks on coaches, ranches and banks were seriously affecting the growth and prosperity of the whole Los Angeles area – its citizens not feeling safe from Tiburcio’s gang, even within the city. Rewards went up and so did the amount of willing men pursuing him until he was finally ambushed and taken prisoner by Sheriff Rowland, 200 yards from what is today known as The Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Visitors flocked to Vasquez’s jail cell, many of them women. He signed autographs and posed for photographs. Vasquez sold the photos from the window of his cell and used the money to pay for his legal defense. After his conviction, he appealed for clemency. It was denied by the governor. Vasquez calmly met his fate on the gallows in San Jose on March 19, 1875. He was 39 years old.