Upslope Brewing Company (Boulder, CO) launched a new 19.2 oz can this week, Upslope Barrel Aged Brown Ale.
Barrel Aged Brown Ale joins the Lee Hill Series, a quarterly release that kicks off with this offering. The beer is aged in Leopold Brothers Maryland Rye Whiskey barrels.
“Upon building a second Boulder brewery, our plan was to retain our original location at Lee Hill to continue the legacy of innovation, collaboration and experimentation that has brought us to where we are today,” said Founder Matt Cutter. “The introduction of the Lee Hill Series allows us to showcase the best of what has emerged from this brewer’s playground.”
Cans are on sale in the tap room for $10, limited four per person.
Slated to come any now is Almanac Beer Co.’s Cerise Sour Blond. Meant for hot summers like the one in San Joaquin Valley of California, Cerise Sour Blond uses fresh cherries, then aged in wine barrels. An American wild ale built to beat the heat.
This beer is inspired by the long and hot summer days in the San Joaquin Valley—the fertile basin that yields much of California’s bountiful produce. This tart blond ale was brewed with Rainier and Bing cherries from Bella Viva Orchards and fermented with our house sour culture and aged for many months in used wine barrels to create a tart, cherry-kissed wild ale.
Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, MI) celebrates Gustav Holst’s classical masterpiece “The Planets”, with a specialty beer series that starts this year.
Each offering is a different interpretation of the composer’s movements, like the above Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age. Saturn is the only barrel-aged beer in the series, a bourbon barreled barleywine that went into the barrels in July, 2014.
Expect Bell’s Saturn sometime in April, 2015.
Read more: Bell’s Planetary Series
Clown Shoes Brewing (Ipswich, MA) has come up with some pretty epic barrel aged beers. To review a few you need to know for this Extremely Angry Beast – Bourbon Barrel Aged Blaecorn Unidragon, Bourbon Barrel Undead Party Crasher, Rum Barrel Hammer of the Holy. Mix (blend) all that together, and you have an Extremely Angry Beast. A beer way more pissed off than Angry Beast, or even Very Angry Beast.
How do you create an Extremely Angry Beast? Mix one part bourbon barrel aged Blaecorn Unidragon, one part bourbon barrel aged Undead Party Crasher, one part Hammer of the Holy, then add a massive dose of incendiary rage.
You’ll find Clown Shoes Extremely Angry Beast in 22oz bottles.
The south has a lot of “old money,” and it will soon have some more thanks to Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. The Kiln, Mississippi brewery will add to their Debutante Series with a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, Old Money.
Few things age as well as money in the bank and a fine brew in bourbon barrels – Old Money unites the legacy of both this rich imperial stout; aromatic with roasted barley, bittersweet malt flavors, and a warm southern finish.
Look for Lazy Magnolia Old Money in 12oz bottles and draft.
Almanac Beer Co has one pumpkin offering on the books, Heirloom Pumpkin. The ale is aged in a blend of rye and brandy barrels. To be bottled in August, is a new fall offering – Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour.
This new offering features the same heirloom pumpkins from Cali based Bodega Bay, that have been caramelized for a sweet taste that is a departure from Heirloom Pumpkin.
Autumn in California means changing colors, cooler evenings and festive meals celebrating the bountiful fall harvest. Aged in used wine barrels, the dark sour pumpkin beer is inspired by the season, merging roasted dark malts with the sweet flavors of caramelized heirloom pumpkins from Bodega Bay and a touch of pumpkin pie spice. Serve this complex ale alongside Mom’s classic pumpkin pie.
Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour is slated to be bottled in August.
Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Pumpkin)
Availability: 375ml Bottles
Arrival: Fall, 2014
July sees the release of Westbrook Brewing’s (Mt. Pleasant, SC) Barrel Aged Mexican Cake. While the release date for the 2014 stock hasn’t been announced yet, the brewery is already putting Cake into barrels for 2015
One of the barrels coming next summer is Westbrook Mexican Cake aged in Pritchard’s Double Chocolate Bourbon barrels. The Kelso, Tennesee distillery uses cocoa nibs from Nashville’s Olive & Sinclair to create a small batch, highly sought after, chocolate bourbon.
Westbrook Double Chocolate Bourbon Barrel Mexican Cake should arrive in July, 2015.
10.5% ABV, 50 IBUs
pic via Westbrook