Topic Archives: Barrel Aged

Posted in New Releases, Red Brick Brewing

Valentine’s Day Reservation: Red Brick Table For One

Red Brick Table For One

In honor of Valentine’s Day, (or in this case the day after Valentines), meet Red Brick Table For One.

This limited run of 22-ounce bottles features an imperial porter aged in bourbon barrels with both chocolate and cherries. Bottles are $15 dollars each.

Red Brick No New Friends draws a crowd, & new fans

Red Brick Table For One is a brewery release only.

Style: Imperial Porter (w/ Chocolate. Cherries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Limited Release.
Distribution: N/A

Debut: 2/15/18

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Posted in Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Double barrel-aged Monday Night Excolatur hits shelves

Monday Night Excolatur

Monday Night Excolatur debuts on February 10th. 

The base beer for Monday Night Excolatur, a dark sour, has been aging in a blend of bourbon and rum barrels for more than two years. For the last four months, Excolatur has been aging on Montmorency cherries.

“Excolatur is Latin for ‘Development.’ This beer started out in fresh bourbon barrels before a transfer to rum barrels. We then inoculated it with locally sourced Pediococcus and Lactobacillus strains and aged it for another year before refermenting it on Mont cherries.

Monday Night Excolatur is now available in 500-milliliter bottles at the brewery’s “Garage” location as of February 10th, with limited distribution across the brewery’s footprint.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Cherries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon. Rum.)
Availability: 500ml Bottles.
Debut: 2/10/18

9.5% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Mother's Brewing Company

Mother’s Brewing Rum Barrel MILF debuts February 10th

Mother's Brewing Rum Barrel MILF

Mother’s Brewing Rum Barrel MILF debuts on February 10th. 

While the most well-known edition of Mother’s Brewing’s MILF is an imperial stout brewed with raisins & cocoa nibs and aged in a blend of spirits barrels, this edition narrows things down to just one barrel – rum.

RELATED: Mother’s Brewing Brandy Barrel-Aged MILF

Mother’s Brewing Rum Barrel MILF Imperial Stout will be available in 22-ounce bottles when the brewery opens on February 10th.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs. Raisins. Barrel Aged. Rum. )
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Debut: 2/10/18

11% ABV

Posted in Great Divide, New Releases

New Series, New Beer: Great Divide Wood Werks Belgian-Style Sour debuts

Great Divide Wood Werks Belgian-Style Sour

Great Divide Wood Werks Belgian-Style Sour will kick off a new barrel-aged series for the brewery on February 1st. 

Denver, Colorado-based Great Divide’s most well-known barrel-aged releases Hibernation, Old Ruffian, & their Yeti Imperial Stout. Thanks to extra oak barrel purchases, more of these treats are available nationwide.

Even with more oak, Great Divide still has some small batch love to give – in the form of the new Wood Werks Barrel Series set to debut in February. 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the brewery’s original Barrel-Aged Series. At the time, nearly every barrel they had came from Colorado local, Stranahan’s Whiskey. Brewery founder Brian Dunn thought it was time to upgrade the program taking what he characterizes as “a more modern approach” to barrel-aged beers.

Great Divide Wood Werks Belgian-Style Sour has the honor of being the first release of this new era. A Belgian-style tripel ale has been souring for 15 months in red wine barrels on plums.

“This Belgian-Style Sour showcases our creativity and thoughtful approach to a Belgian-Style Tripel. It really is a labor of love and patience.” -Brandon Jacobs, brewing manager

Great Divide Wood Werks Belgian-Style Sour will be a 12-ounce bottle release, available nationwide starting in February. Look for a Flemish Sour Brown Ale to join the series in May, and a Barrel Aged Brown Rye Ale in August.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Plums. Wine Barrel-Aged.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Debut: 2/1/18

9.3% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Founders Brewing, Headlines

Founders Dankwood joins the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series in April

Founders Dankwood

Founders Dankwood is coming to the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series in April.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan based brewery has taken a “big, bold” imperial red ale, and aged it for a while in bourbon oak barrels. The resulting beer is described by Founders as having “rich caramel notes emerge from the depths of the IPA, highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity”.

RELATED: Founders KBS

Founders Dankwood will be the third release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, following the venerable KBS in March, and Backwoods Bastard (the brewery’s newest year-round beer) in April.

Expect both 750-milliliter bottles, 12-ounce bottles, and draft.

Style: Imperial Red Ale (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April 2018

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Posted in Burial Beer Co, New Releases

A brooding, dark sour? Burial The River to Hell Runs Red

Burial The River to Hell Runs Red

If this is Burial Beer Co.’s idea of what the rivers in hell taste like, count us in.

The Asheville, North Carolina based brewery’s Solera program has yielded another release, and it indeed runs deep red. Burial The River to Hell Runs Red is Oud Bruin ale (Flanders Brown Ale) that spent 6 months in Brunello foeders, only to be re-fermented in Sanctuary Vineyards Tempranillo barrels for 9 months. Hold on, not done. 75% of this sour ale was aged on raspberries, while the remaining 25% on blueberries.

The release is truly a dark, brooding, sour ale. As it warms the depth of this beer is revealed – a wash of bold Spanish black grapes and a subtle hint of dry Italian wine barrel, finishing with just the tiniest hint of vinegar and raspberry. Fans of sours like The Bruery Tart of Darkness or Jolly Pumpkin Noel De Calabaza will find a new love in hell here.

Burial The River to Hell Runs Red is a brewery only release, in 16.9-ounce bottles.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (w/ Blueberries. Raspberries. Foudre Aged. Wine Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Debut: 1/13/18

7.5% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Don't Miss This, Monday Night Brewing, New Releases

Throwout the playbook on barleywines. Monday Night Entente Cordiale just changed the rules

Monday Night Entente Cordiale

For years now we’ve tried various attempts at brewers recreating the famed “chocolate orange” dessert in fermented form. Quite a few came close. Monday Night Entente Cordiale gets it right.

First of all, throw out everything you know about a barleywine. You won’t need that info here. Sure, Monday Night Entente Cordiale is a barleywine, or at least was – at one point in time. What is it now? A symphony of nuanced flavors that hide the 13% alcohol by volume perfectly.

“Every bit of this beer is intentional,” says Peter Kiley, Monday Night’s Head Brewer. “We didn’t just have some empty barrels and decide to throw something into them.”

As a kid, Kiley loved the Chocolate Orange candy, especially around Christmas. They are pretty big in England, plus the base beer being an English-style barleywine, the idea was already taking shape. Monday Night’s first barleywine appeared back in 2014, at the hands of the brewery’s creative (experimental) brewer, Josh Johnson. “It came out great,” Kiley says, but like everything else we are doing, it about finding the time to scale up the recipe and do it right.

Kiley stuck with thoughts of Chocolate Orange dancing in his head, and Johnson with his English-style barleywine, Monday Night Entente Cordiale was born.

Every addition to Entente plays into the stylistic weakness. Barleywines are big and boozy and hard to approach for some. Cognac barrels plus some fresh orange zest add a citrusy flavor to the big caramel notes of the base beer. The almost creamy, dessert-like flavor is thanks to whole cocoa nibs and vanilla beans Entente Cordiale was laid to rest for months on.

Kiley and Johnson absolutely nailed it. For years we’ve drank various beers inspired by the Chocolate Orange candy. Many come close. Monday Night achieved it in the most unlikely way, with the most unlikely style. No imperial stout or even English-style porter here. A barleywine that is high on the alcohol by volume but you wouldn’t know it, that tastes like a creamy, subtle mix of the chocolate orange candy or dare we say it – Grand Marnier.

All in all, that what you can expect from Monday Night’s new Garage facility. Creative, deliberate beers. “The Garage will be innately polarizing,” says Kiley. “People will most likely love it or hate it.”

Monday Night Entente Cordiale has limited availability in market now, on draft and 750-milliliter bottles.

Style: Barleywine (w/ Cocoa Nibs. Orange Zest. Vanilla Beans. Barrel Aged. Cognac.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.)
Debut: Christmas Week, 2017

13% ABV

About the name: Entente Cordiale was a series of agreements signed on April 8, 1904 between the United Kingdom. Ireland and the French Third Republic which saw a significant improvement in Anglo-French relations.