We’ve all run out and bought a beer when the brewer finally decided to take our favorite and barrel-age it. The experience of a beverage aged in oak is something different (and often better) than that of the typical drink. Now what if you didn’t have to wait for your favorite brewer to put their beer in a barrel? What if you could oak age your own at home? With The Oak Bottle, you can oak-age any beverage you like.
Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts are one of the most popular beer styles out there. Each year the release of these brews brings big excitement to craft beer fans as they check out how the unique profiles of each barrel change a beer from year to year. Without a doubt the most well known of these brews is Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout. Take a look at the upcoming 2016 release.
When the sale of Goose Island to brewing giant AB-InBev happened back in March of 2011 took place, many craft beer fans swore they were done with Goose Island and wouldn’t give any of their hard earned dollars to a company owned by a multi-national brewing conglomerate. While many may have said such things at the time, it’s apparent that few have kept that promise when it comes to Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout.
For those that love a good Russian imperial stout, there is no finer time than that this is upon us. All the imperial stouts seem to come out with the cold weather and hope to warm drinkers nicely. In Minnesota, there is no more sought after imperial stout than Surly Darkness. With it’s annual bottle release at Darkness Day, kegs also begin to appear at local bars around the Twin Cities. From time to time a special cask makes an appearance too. This cask is one of only 4 made and was filled with Surly Darkness aged in Woodford Reserve barrels then aged on fresh vanilla beans in the cask. Amazing combo.
Town Hall Brewery’s Barrel Aged Beer Week 2012 continued last night with the tapping of Wee Jack, a Scottish wee heavy aged in Jack Daniels barrels. Wonderful notes of Tennessee whiskey mingle with the big malty profile of the wee heavy. Monday’s camera crew from local ABC news station KSTP were replaced by the film crew from Beer Geeks TV.
This year Town Hall has begun bottling the Barrel Aged Beer Week brews in 750ml bottles rather than growlers. These bottles should cellar nicely for those that choose to save their barrel aged goodies rather than enjoying them now.
Be sure to drop in tonight as Barrel Aged Beer Week continues with everyone’s favorite Jim Beam barrel aged barleywine, Twisted Jim. There may even be some Wee Heavy still on and possibly Buffalo Bock from Monday (it was still on Tuesday night and they have 2 kegs of each brew).