Topic Archives: Barrel Aged

Posted in Don't Miss This, Jester King Brewery

Jester King Coquetier, A Sazerac Inspired Offering

Jester King Coquetier

Jester King Coquetier is a new barrel aged aged offering on sale at the brewery starting tomorrow.

The brandy barrel aged farmhouse ale is brewed with cubeb peppercorns, anise seed, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Jester King Coquetier grabs its inspiration from the traditional New Orleans cocktail, Sazerac.

Lemon zest recalls the cocktail’s traditional garnish, a thin sliver of lemon peel resting on the rim of the glass. The beer was aged in French brandy barrels, as the cocktail originally called for Cognac brandy.

Jester King Coquetier was brewed in April of 2014. The beer was first fermented in stainless steel using the the brewery’s unique blend of micro-organisms. After stainless, Coquetier was aged in 600 liter French brandy barrels for seven months before being refermented in bottles.

750ml Bottles of Jester King Coquetier will be available April 24th, at 4 pm.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Cubeb Peppercorns, Anise, Lemon Zest & Juice. Barrel Aged. Brandy.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. 4,500 bottles. Limited.
Release: 4/24/15

7.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This

Boulevard Love Child #5 Hits Shelves

Victory Love Child #5

Boulevard’s Love Child Series features the most tart, sour, and funky flavors in the brewery’s arsenal. This year, we are lucky enough to get two of these coveted Love Child releases.

Boulevard Love Child #5 is a blend of whiskey and wine barrel aged ale, stainless steel fermented ale, fermented with Lactobacillus (sour bacteria) and Brettanomyces yeast. As #5 hits shelves, there is something important to note. By using spirits barrels, Boulevard’s idea is not to give Love Child a strong wine/bourbon character. As brewer Jeremy Danner tells Beer Street Journal, they use the barrels as a habitat for acid producing bacteria and wild yeast to funk up the beer.

It’s a little bit lower ABV than past releases and we also wanted to create a blend that focused a little more on soft lactic acidity versus sharper acetic notes. I’d place the sourness in between Love Child #3 and Love Child #4. – Jeremy Danner

Boulevard Love Child #5 is available in 750ml bottles, corked & caged.

Style: American Wild Ale (Barrel AgedWhiskeyWine Barrels)
Arrival: April, 2015

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Read more: Boulevard Smokestack Series

Image via Redstone Liquors

Posted in Don't Miss This, Leinenkugel's Brewing

Leinenkugel Big Eddy Cherry Doppleschwarz, a Barrel Aged Release

Leinenkugel Big Eddy Cherry Doppleschwarz

Leinenkugel Big Eddy Cherry Doppleschwarz takes aim at the brewery’s Big Eddy Series in the near future. This release marks a departure from the current releases.

Back in 2011, Beer Street Journal met with John Leinenkugel about their newest project that would become the Big Eddy Series. At the time, the brewery had been experimenting with a barrel aging program. We even tried some test batches of the would-be releases. Leinenkugel was hopeful that barrel aged offerings would join the lineup in about two years, after sourcing barrels, and aging the beers.

Now, close to four years later, Leinenkugel Big Eddy Cherry Doppleschwarz takes aim at the Big Eddy Series in 22oz bottles. This black lager (Schwarzbier), is aged in brandy barrels is Door County, Wisconsin cherries.

The brewery has not yet announced this offering.

Style: Schwarzbier (w/ Cherries. Barrel Aged. Brandy.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Release: TBA

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Posted in Coming Soon, Two Roads Brewing

Two Road Conntucky Lightnin Returns for Kentucky Derby Day

Two Road Conntucky Lightnin

Two Roads Conntucky Lightnin’ will rejoin the brewery’s lineup on Kentucky Derby Day, May 2nd.

To create Two Roads Conntucky Lightnin’, Brewmaster Phil Markowski brews a sour mash American strong ale with corn grits, and ages it in bourbon barrels. The result is what they call – funky.

The Connecticut Yankees at Two Roads have CONNjure up this moonshine inspired bourbon-like ale. Using good ol’ USA corn grits and aged in real bourbon barrels from a famous Kentucky distillery, this unique CONNcoction includes notes of whiskey, oak and vanilla.

Two Roads Conntucky Lightnin’ is available in 750ml bottles.

Style: American Strong Ale (w/ Corn Grits. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml bottles. Limited release.
Return: 5/2/15

8.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Saint Arnold Brewing

Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel #9 Releases April 13th

Saint Arnnold Bishop's Barrel

Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel #9 is available starting today. This edition is the brewery’s famous Pumpkinator, aged in bourbon barrels for seven months. The barrels are Woodford Reserve and Willett bourbon barrels.

BB9 pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The nose is pumpkin spice up front with oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit in the background. The taste starts with sweet chocolate and pumpkin spice up front and finishes with a bit of alcohol heat and spices. This beer has a medium-full body with a soft mouthfeel.

Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel #9 is available in 12oz bottles, and draft.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Pumpkin, Molasses, Brown Sugar, Spices. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: 4/13/15

12.9% ABV

Posted in New Releases, The Commons Brewery

The Commons Brewery Maybelle Farmhouse Ale Arrives April 11th

The Commons Brewery Maybelle Farmhouse Ale

Portland, OR – The Commons Brewery will be releasing it’s first bottles at their brand new tasting room and brewery in Southeast Portland. Maybelle, farmhouse ale aged in white wine barrels with Brettanomyces, will be released as part of the Beetje Series on Saturday, April 11th, 12:00pm.

Brewed in August 2013 and initially fermented with our house farmhouse ale strain, Maybelle then spent 14 months in Adelsheim Vineyard white wine barrels with Brewing Science Institute Brettanomyces Bruxellensis variant Drei. The resulting beer is dry, with a soft acidity and complex brettanomyces aromatics. The flavors in this beer will continue to develop with cellar time.

Maybelle  will be available in 750ml capped bottles for $10 per bottle and will be available on draft in limited quantities the weekend of the release. The beautiful label art was once again created by Adam Burke, brother of Head Brewer Sean Burke.  More information about Adam Burke’s art can be found at:  http://www.nightjarillustration.com.

The Beetje Series is a celebration of The Commons Brewery’s nano roots. First brewed in 2010 on a one-barrel system in Mike Wright’s garage, these small batch beers pay homage to the rustic brewery that continues to inspire us.

Posted in Headlines, Stone Brewing Co., Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Stone Points Unknown IPA with Wicked Weed & Ecliptic Brewing

Stone Points Unknown IPA

A new collaboration is in the works in Escondido, California, Stone Points Unknown IPA. The three-way collaboration features Ecliptic Brewing (Portland, OR) and Asheville, North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing.

if you know anything about these three breweries, then the result of the collaboration will make perfect sense. Not one style was going to to properly envelop these brewery’s styles, so they brewed two beers. Stone Points Unknown IPA is a double IPA, blended with a barrel aged Belgian-style tripel.

In creating our latest collaboration beer, It wasn’t easy deciding how best to pool the resources of brewers from three spatially distant points within the brewing universe: Portland, Oregon brewing legend and Ecliptic Brewing founder John Danis, and Luke and Walt Dickinson, the hop-and-funk brewmaster duo behind Asheville, North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing. It seemed no single beer could adequately convey all that they and Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele bring to the brewhouse. So, this veritable triad of power opted to brew TWO beers: a traditional Belgian-style tripel and a West Coast imperial IPA. Doing so allowed them to work within the parameters of all styles while taking things in interesting directions, adding a touch of Southern Califomia style and petting into the spirit! The tripelwas transferred into barrels that originally housed red wine before finding a second life as vessels for aging tequila. Four months later,that beer was excavated, then blended at a one-fifth to four-fifths ratio with the freshly brewed double IPA to create the beer you now hold: a hind of the traditional and the new, presenting a variety of diverse flavors that coalesce into something more unique than any one beer our trio could have conceived. Its eventual flavors were a mystery to even the group of master brewers who created it, but now they await the palates of those thirsting to venture to points unknown within the rapidly expanding craft beer galaxy. In other words: You.

Stone Points Unknown IPA with be available in 22oz bottles and draft. The brewery has teased this upcoming offering, but has not officially announced it.

Style: American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged. Tequila.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: TBA

9% ABV