It was 2013 when Atlanta, Georgia first saw Bourbon Barrel-Aged Drafty Kilt. The brewery took their year-round scotch ale Drafty Kilt and aged it in fresh Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. The result won Monday Night a gold at the Great American Beer Festival.
In 2017, Monday Night decided to can Black Tie Series BBA Drafty Kilt, of which series has seen new siblings like Cardigans of the Galaxy, Space Lettuce, Piranha Dealer and Don’t Call it Hotlanta. “It’s full-bodied, slightly smoky and sweet character lends itself perfectly to Kentucky bourbon barrels. Our first batch blew people away, so we decided to make it an annual holiday tradition,” says brewery co-founder Jonathan Baker.
Monday Night Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt is available in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time starting November 19th.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Can Debut: Late November 2017
Latest Release: 11/19/18
A barrel-aged Guinness is coming to the United States – a collaboration with Bulleit Bourbon, both owned by Diageo.
The brewery took Guinness Stout brewed in Dublin and aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels at the new Maryland facility.
Guinness Stout Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels is the official name of this upcoming release. Full details have not been shared by the brewery or their PR team.
This barrel-aged edition of Guinness will be available in 11.2-ounce bottles.
Heavy Seas Schnee Boot joins the brewery’s specialty “Uncharted Waters” Series in November.
The colder weather is a perfect time to release this barrel-aged Eisbock, a 13% alcohol by volume monster. Heavy Seas Schnee Boot is the strongest beer the brewery has made to date.
Look for Schnee Boot in 12-ounce bottles and draft across the brewery’s entire distribution footprint starting in November 2018.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November 2018
13% ABV, 25 IBUs
Three Taverns Mont Fang, a collaboration with collaboration with Chattanooga Whiskey, debuts on October 27th.
This imperial milk stout is actually a two-way collaboration between to two artisan companies. Chattanooga Whiskey gave Three Taverns oak barrels that were used to age their 1816 Bourbon. The brewery aged a strong milk stout in the barrels, which have now been returned to the distillery to further age a bourbon.
Three Taverns Mont Fang is the result of the barrel-aging experiment – available in 750 milliliter bottles at the brewery starting at 11 am on October 27th.
Old Bust Head Barrel Aged Gold Cup Imperial Stout returns to the brewery on October 13th, one of only a handful of times this beer has been bottled.
On a recent trip to Virginia, we discovered Old Bust Brewing, tucked away from 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, October 13th in 16.9-ounce bottles. Start making some friends in Virginia.
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Latest Return: 10/13/18
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Founders CBS will return to the brewery’s Barrel-Aged lineup again on November 2nd. This time the horse is missing its rider.
One of the most demanded beers in Grand Rapids, Michigan based Founders Brewing’s lineup is CBS, aka Canadian Breakfast Stout.
The imperial stout is brewed with a blend of coffee and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. Folks go insane at the mere mention of this beer.
The first time the world saw bottles of this release was in October of 2011, as the second release in the brewery’s Backstage Series.
Since then, the Backstage Series has grown eventually morphing into the Barrel-Aged Series. Fans begged, but CBS was still missing from the lineup until December of last year.
The brewery has officially confirmed that Founders CBS will be available again in the Grand Rapids taproom and distribution for a third time (in bottles) on November 2nd. This time – the horse has thrown its iconic Canadian Mountie rider. Why? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police filed a legal cease & desist over the depiction of the Mountie seen below. We know it’s not a titillating story, but it solves the mystery behind the horse with no rider on the upcoming bottle.
Monday Night Last Will and Testament will join the Atlanta brewery’s lineup on September 22nd.
Old ale isn’t necessarily “old” per say. Many of these old world styles have aged for some time in wood vats. One of the most famous British examples is Gale’s Prize Old Ale.
The old ale style has evolved over the decades and centuries. Almost always malty and strong, some of the famous examples in the United States are North Coast Old Stock Ale, Founders Curmudgeon, or Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale. (Incidentally, Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half, a barrel aged edition of this beer is on shelves now after 6 years.)
Monday Night’s interpretation of the style is malty and strong (11.5% alcohol by volume), and perhaps a little “old” as well – aged 14 months in bourbon barrels. Why “Last Will & Testament?” Perhaps an allusion to old age. Good to have one.
Monday Night Last Will & Testament will be available in 16.9-ounce bottles at the brewery’s Garage location on September 22nd.