Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL) will soon brewing you Nouveau Bruin, a wine barrel aged oud bruin ale.
Oud Bruin (old brown) is a Belgian beer style that undergoes extended aging and multiple fermentations. The resulting beer is full of caramel, dark fruits, and is slightly acidic thanks to different bacterias used in the aging process.
For this release, Cigar City aged the beer in red wine barrels, after dry hopping it with Pacific Gem hops.
Cigar City Nouveau Bruin release details to follow.
Style: Oud Bruin (Red Wine Barrel Aged)
Availability: 750ml bottles
Coming in January, 2014 is a brand new bourbon barrel offering from Red Brick Brewing – Beard Envy. You know there is no shortage of beards in the beer industry. If you don’t have one/can’t grow one, this might be the beer for you.
Back in July of of this year, the brewing team at Red Brick filled Buffalo Trace barrels with a 9% barley wine. It is quietly waiting for the first of the year, to show off what its got.
I’ve already tasted this brew, from the rack. You love malty, caramel-y barley wines mixed with vanilla/oak flavor? This is the beer for you.
Beer Street Journal will be bringing you a video inside this beer in January.
Style: Barleywine (Barrel Aged, Bourbon)
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: January, 2014
Artwork is by local artist and Beer Street Journal Supporter, Mr. Jert.
After speaking with a few Sierra Nevada employees, there is some good news you need to know.
First – the brewery has and is expanding their barrel aging program. The barrel aged offerings – from Bigfoot, and Narwhal to a few from the Ovila Series have been quite successful. Pretty sure you already knew this.
Both the Chico, California location and the new North Carolina location will have a barrel aging program.
Secondly, the above pic is a teaser of a new barrel aged offering to come. Just drool at the thought.
Duclaw Brewing (Maryland) is prepping for the release of Divine Retribution No. 3. This marks the third release of Retribution. (There are spin offs that include Pumpkin Retribution, Cocoa Retribution, Cocoa Vanilla Retribution, etc. )
Retribution #3 is a 40/60 blend of Kentucky bourbon barrel aged imperial stout, and their Misery Wheatwine. The blend rested quietly in the barrel for 6 months. The resulting flavor is described as “a full bodied blended stout balances a citrus aroma and tropical, fruity esters with righteous nots of dark fruit, vanilla, charred oak, and espresso…”
Release details to come from DuClaw.
Style: Blended Imperial Stout (w/ Spices. Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 22oz bombers. Limited Draft.
New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO) is adding 32 new French Oak foeders to the brewery. That will bring the count to 64. A foeder is a large wooden tank used to sour the beer.
This addition will double the production of sour ale offerings in the coming years.
“With this expansion, we’ll get so close to that feeling I had the first time I walked through the forest of foeders at Rodenbach,” said New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Manager/Blender, Lauren Salazar. “Just knowing they’re all full of souring beer – ALL of them – is exciting. It’s a destination. Something you have to experience first hand.”
Tart Lychee and Eric’s Ale are expected to be in year round production by 2015. Over the next few months, the brewery will be rehydrating the barrels, and inoculating them with various wild yeasts. They will then age beer for nearly two years before bottling/kegging.
The second release in Coronado Brewing’s Coronado Collection is Barrel Aged Old Scallywag.
Style: Barleywine (Barrel Aged)
Availability: 22oz Bombers. Limited Release.
In late October, I got the opportunity to sit down with Dougal Gunn Sharp, the founder of Innis & Gunn. He founded the craft brewery in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2002.
The flagship beer – Original got it’s start as the by-product of something else Sharp was hired to do, season barrels for ale finished whiskey. Basically, the rest is history.
Since the debut of Original, the brewery has evolved their barrel aged line up to include offerings like Rum Aged, Cognac Aged, Irish Whiskey Cask, Bourbon Barrel Stout & more. In this second part interview with Dougal, he runs down some special offerings currently in market in the United States. Currently in market you’ll find Oloroso Cask, Scottish Porter, Bourbon Barrel Stout, and Canadian Cherrywood, but also gives you the exclusive first look at a 2014 offering – Toasted Oak IPA.
Don’t miss the part one, the history of Innis & Gunn.