Goose Island Brewing (Chicago, IL ) preparing for the 2014 round of Bourbon County offerings. This year will see the release of a previous offering (or, at least a bit of a rendition of) Bourbon County Vanilla- Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Rye.
It was 2010 when Goose Island released Bourbon County Vanilla. While that edition featured the base imperial stout, aged in Heaven Hill barrels with vanilla beans, this coming edition features the use of rye whiskey barrels. Two pounds of Mexican vanilla beans are in each barrel, sourced from four different distilleries.
We first bottled this beer at the countless requests of festival-goers who first tasted it. However, when that last bottle of Vanilla BCBS was was grabbed off the shelves four years ago, you needed more. We heard you in the brewery, at festivals, and where there was an open ear. Well, you weren’t alone. To be honest, we needed more too. We couldn’t be happier to make this beer again, and most of all, drink it with you once more.
The full Bourbon County line will include:
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans. Barrel Aged. Rye Bourbon)
Availability: 22oz bombers
Arrival: November 28th, 2014
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin 2014. This bourbon barrel aged oatmeal stout is touted by the brewery to be one of the best vintages yet.
“We let our hair down with the 2014 Velvet Merkin and changed up the barrel mix a bit compared to previous vintages,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. Velvet Merkin has always had this signature milk chocolate character, but now the vanilla notes are more pronounced as well. We’re pretty stoked on this vintage.”
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin 2014 is a blend of Rittenhouse Rye, Elijah Craig, and Woodford Reserve barrels. The average is about a year in all the barrels.
Look for Firestone Walker in 22oz bombers, in fancy boxes for about $16.99 in select U.S. markets.
Style: Oatmeal Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 22oz Bombers.
Arrival: September 15th, 2014
Wild Honey. That’s what Bayou Teche Biere’s Miel Sauvage means when you translate it. The brew uses local Louisiana honey from the brewery’s neighbor Bernard Apiaries. Sauvage is inspired by French farmhouse breweries making Biere de Mel or honey beers.
Miel Sauvage is Cajun French for wild honey and our Biere de Miel is fermented with honey from our neighbor, Bernard’s Apiaries and with barley imported from France. This mahogany colored beer has a pronounced honey aroma and is barrel aged to contribute a smooth vanilla oakiness..
Bayou Teche Miel Sauvage is available in 22oz bombers, and draft.
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft. Late summer/Fall seasonal.
Avery Brewing’s rum barrel aged pumpkin beer, Rumpkin, is slated to return on September 28th. It looks like that isn’t the only barrel aged pumpkin beer from Avery this year.
Avery’s Barrel Aged Series is damn near legendary, featuring sours alongside bourbon imperial stouts. Avery PumKYn looks to join that line up, a Kentucky bourbon barrel aged porter with a smattering of fall spices.
What’s in a name? Sometimes the simplest can be the most descriptive, and in this case, derisive and divisive! After much internal debate (ad nauseum! Bourb[KY]n, anyone?), we decided a single letter change was the best way to embody the bourbon barrel-aging that adds layers of complexity to an already exquisitely spiced pumpkin porter.
Avery PumKYn will be available in 12oz bottles.
Heavy Seas (Baltimore, MD) Great’ER Pumpkin returns to shelves in a few weeks, to all 18 states to which the brewery currently ships.
A few years ago (more than 4 maybe?) Hugh Sisson gave us a taste of his bourbon barrel aged pumpkin beer he was trying to perfect. Instantly we knew it was the start of a great seasonal release. From the Mutiny Fleet, to the new Uncharted Waters Series, Great’ER Pumpkin has gained popularity with each release.
Heavy Seas Great’ER Pumpkin will be available starting in September, through October. Or… however fast it sells out. 22oz bombers, and draft.
Three years ago, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Boulevard Brewing Company created Terra Incognita, a special offering for SAVOR, a a Brewers Association beer and food event. The beer was so much fun to make, the two breweries released it again in 2013, this time with Brettanomyces yeast.
The 2014 edition does not include wild yeast, but let us assure you after trying it right after bottling, it’s better than you can imagine. This year is a 55% blend of wine barrel ale, 32% bourbon barrel aged ale, and 13% fresh ale. The base beer is a hoppy, imperial brown ale.
“The base beer is a roasty, hopped-up brown ale that evolves in such interesting ways when it spends time in wine and whiskey barrels,” said Sierra Nevada Head Brewer Steve Dresler. “We hosted Boulevard at our Chico brewery and together tasted various blending ratios until we had a final beer that captivated us. We imagine craft beer drinkers will be similarly impressed.”
Sierra Nevada/Boulevard Brewing Terra Incognita will be available in 750 ml bottles for a limited time.
More Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL) barrel aged beer to find, and love. This time, rum barrels.
Cigar City Da un Beso a la Botella is a new “tropical-style” export stout, aged in Wicked Dolphin Artisan Rum barrels.
Cigar City Da un Beso a la Botella (translates to kiss the bottle”) will be available in 750ml bottles.
Style: Export Stout (Barrel Aged. Rum)
Availability: 750ml bottles
Update: Removed mention of Spanish cedar in the mention.