Topic Archives: Barrel Aged

Posted in Headlines, Ommegang

Celebrating two decades with bourbon: Ommegang 20th Anniversary

Ommegang 20th Anniversary

Soon to be marking 20 years of dedicated craft brewing will be a celebratory release, Ommegang 20th Anniversary.

Brewery Ommegang was founded in 1997 in Cooperstown, New York (home of the the Baseball Hall of Fame). The Belgian inspired brewery sits on 136 acres that was once a hop farm. Apparently in the 1800’s, Cooperstown was the hub for hop production in the U.S. In two decades, Ommegang has gone from humble beginnings, to national status and a name synonymous with quality.

Ommegang 20th Anniversary is slated to be a Belgian-style strong dark ale, aged in bourbon barrels.

Aging in bourbon barrels has created a deep mahogany hue, with aromas of oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and Lucious with a bit of weight. The drying finish helps balance the sweetness.

Ommegang 20th Anniversary will be available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft. The brewery has not yet announced this release.

Style: Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale (Barrel-Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

?? ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Founders Brewing

Barrel-aged malt liquor. Founders DKML debuts in July

Founders DKML

Founders DKML, a barrel-aged malt liquor, has been formally announced for release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series this July.

Hot on the heels of Kentucky Breakfast Stout, and recently released Doom, is a completely new style for the Grand Rapids, Michigan based brewery – a malt liquor. The base beer is brewed with corn, plus a lager yeast that has been cultivated by Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel, a strategic partner with Founders.

Founders DKML is not only dry-hopped, but aged in bourbon barrels.

“With DKML I wanted to do something totally original, and I don’t know anyone in the craft beer world who is barrel-aging malt liquor. After some early trials, we ended up with Mahou’s lager yeast to brew a really amazing malt liquor, and then we did what we do best – barrel-aged it. The bourbon barrel smoothed it out while giving it that ‘kick’ you would expect from an imperial malt liquor.” – Jeremy Kosmicki, Brewmaster

Founders DKML will be available in 12 ounce bottles, 750 milliliter bottles, and draft in the taproom starting in July, 2017. The brewery’s 46 state footprint will receive it in late-July.

Style: American Strong Ale (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Debut: July, 2017

?? ABV

 

Posted in Seasonal Return, The Unknown Brewing Co.

Rum & key lime-y Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top returns

Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top can

Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top drops in about two weeks, slamming two styles together in one canned package.

It seems like key limes have found almost overnight success in beer. Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top has them in the base gose, plus 15 year old Nicaraguan rum barrels. Brewery founder Brad Schell told Beer Street Journal last year of his excitement to find such great rum barrels.

“They smell like being drunk on a beach or being a pirate.”- Brad Schell, brewery founder

The base beer is a gose brewed with sea salt and key limes, then aged in the rum barrels for over three months.

The result? A bold beer. There are a few key lime flavored beers running around out there these days. While some just taste a little citrusy, Bright Ass Tank Top doesn’t let you forget what it is. A rum filled gose that is full of key lime juice. You can’t miss a bright as shit tank top walking by you. You won’t forget this beer either.

Unknown Bright Ass Tank Top is available once again in 16 ounce cans and draft.

Style: Gose (w/ Sea Salt, Key Limes. Barrel Aged. Rum.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.

Distribution: NC, SC, GA
Latest Return: June, 2017

4.1% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Heavy Seas, Seasonal Return

Heavy Seas Blackbeard’s Breakfast (featuring coffee & bourbon) returns

Heavy Seas Blackbeard's Breakfast

Heavy Seas Blackbeard’s Breakfast is back in the brewery’s Uncharted Waters Series again in June.

Blackbeard’s Breakfast is a porter brewed with coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting, then aged in bourbon barrels.

We partnered with local coffee producer Chesapeake Bay Roasting to produce this intriguing ale. Rich porter flavors are enhanced by roast coffee notes and rounded out by bourbon barrel aging, creating a brew of bewitching character.

Heavy Seas Blackbeard’s Breakfast will be available in 22oz bombers and draft for a limited time.

Style: Porter (w/ Coffee. Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Hops: Target, East Kent Goldings
Malts: UK Pale, UK Amber, Vienna, Light Crystal, Dark Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt

Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Latest Return: June, 2017

10% ABV

Posted in Burial Beer Co, Seasonal Return

Burial Seasoned Skillet (aka barrel aged donut stout) heads to bottles

Burial Seasoned Skillet 2017

When Burial Beer Co.’s Skillet Donut Stout has gotten some barrel-aged treatment in the past as a draft only rarity. Finally last May, the brewery bottled it for the first one. This June, Seasoned Skillet bottles will be available at the brewery once again.

Burial Seasoned Skillet is a Barrel-aged riff on Skillet Donut Stout, one of the brewery’s most popular beers. It’s an oatmeal stout brewed with molasses, milk sugar, and a 50/50 blend of Big Trouble and Hologram Counter Culture Coffee.

The finishing touch is the 9 months in Willet Bourbon barrels. (Last year was bourbon barrels.)

Bottles of Burial Seasoned Skillet go on sale again June 3rd at the brewery in Asheville, North Carolina.

Style: Imperial Stout/Oatmeal Stout (w/ CoffeeLactoseMolasses Sugar. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.) 
Malt: 6-Row
Hops: Nugget

Availability: 750ml Bottles
Latest Return: 6/3/17

9% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Old Bust Head Brewing, Seasonal Return

Old Bust Head Barrel Aged Gold Cup Imperial Stout is dreamy & returning

Old Bust Head Barrel Aged Gold Cup Imperial Stout bottle

Old Bust Head Barrel Aged Gold Cup Imperial Stout returns on June 3rd – only the second time this beer has been bottled.

On a recent trip to Virginia we discovered Old Bust Brewing, tucked away the countryside of Vint Hill, Virginia. You’d think a brewery that seems off the beaten path would boast a standard lineup of IPAs and pale ales on tap. This is where we found Barrel Aged Gold Cup, and its badass lineup of variants.

The base Russian imperial stout is fantastic. Boozy, roasty, velvety with a touch of chocolate and espresso. Barrel Aged Gold Cup is a barrel-aged dream. Bittersweet chocolate and strong coffee flavors melt perfectly against the oaky vanilla bourbon barrels.

The brewery regulars are already clued into this beer’s reputation. The last release sold out in a matter of hours.

Old Bust Head Barrel Aged Gold Cup will be available in bottles once again on Saturday, June 3rd, in 16.9 ounce bottles. It will be joined by Barrel Aged Coconut Coffee Gold Cup, another new extremely drool worthy release. Start making some friends in Virginia.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Hops: Cascade, Hallertau MF
Malts: 2 Row, Caramel 80, Carapils, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, 2 Row Black

Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Latest Return: 6/3/17

10% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Birds Fly South Ale Project, Don't Miss This

Birds Fly South Skin & Bone, one of the brewery’s best

Birds Fly South Skin & Bone

Birds Fly South Skin & Bone, a collaboration with Tarpon Springs, Florida’s Saint Somewhere Brewing Company.

This beer was originally one of the first offerings by Birds Fly South Ale Project, based in Greenville, South Carolina. between the first release and this month’s returns, the brewery has opened a beautiful, wood heavy tap room in the city’s West End Water Tower District.

Skin & Bone is one of the best releases in the brewery’s budding arsenal. This beer hits on all the notes you chase in wild ales – tart, funk and funk. Each sip finishes with mellow hints of the chardonnay barrels. Looking back over 2016, Skin & Bone was easily one of the best new beers we tried. Definitely don’t miss this second round.

Birds Fly South Skin & Bone is on shelves now in upstate South Carolina in 750 milliliter bottles.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Peaches. Wine Aged.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Latest Return: May, 2017

5.8% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal