Let me start by saying this: I didn't set out to write this week's piece by showcasing only barrel aged (specifcally bourbon) beers. Is November the unoffical bourbon barrel aged beer month?
- Quite a few Stone Brewing Co. beers to report on this week. In addition to Double Bastard's return, Stone also has released three barrel-aged offerings as part of their Quingenti Millilitre series. I teased these in last week's chat, but here they are again: Crime (Lukcy Bastard w/ peppers aged in a bourbon barrel), Punishment (2013 Double Bastard w/ peppers aged in bourbon barrels) & Southern Charred (2012 Double Bastard aged in bourbon barrels).
- Here's another bastard ale aged in bourbon barrels (I can't make this stuff up): Founders Backwoods Bastard.
- The Abyss (BAR: 6.51) by Deschutes is set to be released Novemeber 14th at their brewpub in both Bend and Portland. For the rest of us not in the Oregon area, shipping will begin after November 18th. I personally have never tried The Abyss, but an imperial stout aged in both bourbon and pinot noir barrels, intrigues me to say the least.
- New Belgium & Cigar City (seems like everyone wants to collaborate with them) have teamed up for November's Lips of Faith release. "Our Belgian yeast tangos with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spice. Aged on Spanish Cedar to salute our mutual love for wood!" - New Belgium
- In case you missed out on the Black Tuesday release (or just live outside of California) you can always still purchase Mikkeller's Black Fist [Black It Up-Imperial Stout]. According to their website, it has been barrel aged 10 times on different bourbon barrels, over the span of two years.
- Saint Arnold's has released the fifth installment of their Bishop's Barrel Series. Guess what, it was aged in bourbon barrels. They went with a scotch ale for this one, but not just any old scotch ale. "The base beer is Divine Reserve No. 4, brewer Vince Mandeville’s Wee Heavy recipe that won the gold medal at the 2008 World Beer Cup in Strong Scotch Ale category." - Saint Arnold
- Besides the beer itself, the thing I love most about the beer community is how much camaraderie there is within the industry. This barleywine is special. Special enough to have six former brewer's come back and create this beauty: Drake's Brewing Reunion Barleywine. It's a barleywine blended in Sam Adams Utopia Barrels (Buffalo Trace). December seventh is the release date, and you won't want to miss this one if you can help it.Oh and just a little bit about myself. My name is Blake, I like talking beer almost as much as I like drinking it. You can find me on both Untappd & Twitter. Cheers!
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