Scofflaw Barrel-Aged Absentium debuts to today at the brewery in Atlanta, Georgia.
It’s summer-like day in Atlanta, Georgia and fans are lined up for Barrel-Aged Absentium, the brewery’s first bottle release.
The beer is a big imperial stout that has been aging in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels since the brewery opened in 2016. According to Rhett McLemore, a Beer Street Journal contributor –
It’s fantastic. A little sweet but apparently nice and boozy. (it’s around 14% ABV)
Scofflaw Barrel-Aged Absentium is a 500 milliliter bottle release, at brewery only.
Carolina Bauernhaus Freehaus Jupiter Gold will be available starting January 14th, 2017.
Anderson, South Carolina based Carolina Bauernhaus has teamed up with their coastal neighbors, Freehouse Brewery. The two breweries share barrels, yeast and recipes already, so a collaboration was long overdue.
Carolina Bauernhaus Freehaus Jupiter Gold uses Freehouse mixed culture from their sour tanks, plus Carolina’s house blend. The golden sour was matured for nearly a year in three different Cabernet barrels, then blended with 200 pounds of upstate South Carolina Jupiter grapes.
Jupiter Gold has a beguiling fruit notes and a bracing acidity coupled with a dry refreshing finish.
Carolina Bauernhaus Freehaus Jupiter Gold will be available in 750 milliliter bottles at the Anderson brewery on January 14th.
Expanding the “mash” series month is The Bruery Mash & French Toast. Breakfast beers are here to stay.
As for The Bruery Mash & French Toast, this is your breakfast beer of choice. The barleywine has been bourbon barrel-aged, with cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and maple syrup.
If the allure of rich, caramelized notes or maple character don’t rouse you out of bed, the wafts from our brewer’s kitchen will, summoning you with nutmeg and cinnamon spices and warm vanilla character. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and Mash & French Toast. No utensils required.
Now for the bad news. The Bruery Mash & French Toast is only available to Reserve Society members.
Founders Frootwood is now a February release by the Grand Rapids, Michigan brewery.
Much of the brewery’s barrel-aged offerings are found in the Backstage Series with a couple of exceptions – the highly desired Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) and Backwoods Bastard. Incidentally, the next big barrel-aged release by Founders, known as Lizard of Koz, debuted in December. Blueberries and bourbon were a great way to finish out a really weird year.
February will bring Founders Frootwood is a cherry ale, aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. Speaking of which, Founders ages another ridiculously popular beer in maple syrup bourbon – Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS).
We took a crisp, light-bodied cherry ale and hid it away in oak barrels that held both bourbon and maple syrup. After a lengthy sting, it emerged a changed beer, blanketed in notes of warm vanilla and earthy sweetness. The wood proves itself the star of this beer, adding depth and taming the tart cherry while the maple imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long.
A few things to note, Founders Frootwood will be both a 12 ounce and 750 milliliter bottle release, as well as draft. Part of a newly branded “Barrel Aged Series” which will be the new monicker for the brewery’s barrel-aged lineup in 2017 forward.
The brewery now states Frootwood will debut in February, 2017.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mashed, by far the strongest Dragon’s Milk the Michigan brewery’s arsenal, is out of the barrel this month.
Hot water through one bed of grain just isn’t enough for this creature. New Holland performs three separate mashes (all of equal volume and composition) in order to achieve a high starting gravity. Very little lautering (process where the mash is separated into the clear liquid wort and residual grain) is done so as not to dilute the wort too much. After all you need all that fermentable sugar. During fermentation, New Holland adds a little extra sugar in order to hit 17% alcohol by volume. That’s a full 6% higher than the regular year-round Dragon’s Milk. Yeah, it’s big.
The fermented beer was then aged in New Holland Spirits whiskey barrels.
Intense malt character is paired with compelling whiskey character and the toasted notes of American white oak. Robust, yet balanced, an experience all its own.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mashed is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for limited time starting this week.
Due to the high ABV of this beer, it is not legal to sell in every state in New Holland’s distribution.
The Bruery White Chocolate, a decadent bourbon barreled beer brewed with vanilla beans, will be distributed for the first time in 2017.
The name might scream imperial stout, however the base beer is actually a wheat wine, aged 100% in bourbon barrels for a year with vanilla beans and cacao nibs. The Bruery affectionately refers to this beer as “white oak sap,” as it 100% bourbon barrel-aged and is the wheat wine component of now retired White Oak ale.
After nearly a year in used bourbon barrels, the beer comes out rich in coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. To compliment the already rich flavors of this beer, we’ve added cacao nibs and fresh vanilla beans to give this beer the delicate flavor of white chocolate…hence the name.
Earlier we reported that the alcohol by volume of this beer was 16.6% (as stated on the brewery’s website.) The future release of this beer will be 13.8%, allowing most states to sell it.
The Bruery White Chocolate will be available in 750 milliliter bottles.
Style: Wheatwine (w/ Vanilla Beans, Cacao Nibs, Barrel Aged. Bourbon)
Availability: 750ml bottles
Current Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI
Latest Return: Mid-2017
Image: Beer Street Journal
Ed Note: Corrected mention of “White Oak Sap” as it has never been released publicly. ABV was also updated.
Ska Brewing Dementia officially released ahead of this holiday season. Take Euphoria, the Durango, Colorado based brewery’s winter pale ale, and add it to bourbon barrels. Out comes Dementia, a new toasty winter seasonal.
Those familiar with Euphoria are already familiar with a large portion of this beer. You’ll notice this beer is not as fresh and crisp as the year-rounder, thanks to the extra time it has spent in oak. The bourbon very much makes up that small transgression. Dementia is great beer to pair/ offset the richness of the pounds of holiday foods you are trying to finish off.
“Peach aromas, caramel sweetness and a touch of chocolate and toast provide a boozy and earthy essence. It is the perfect winter warmer.” -Thomas Larsen, Headbrewer.
Ska Brewing Dementia is available for a limited time in 22oz bottles within Ska Brewing’s largest markets; Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California and Illinois.