Topic Archives: Bourbon

Posted in Allagash Brewing, Seasonal Return

Fresh strawberries and bourbon barrels. Allagash Avancé returns July 14th

Allagash Avancé

Allagash Avancé will be available in the brewery’s taproom again on July 14th.

Back in 2013, the Portland, Maine based brewery started purchasing fresh strawberries from Dole’s Orchard in Limington, Maine. The fresh fruit was combined with a strong ale brewed with four different strains of Belgian yeast, as well as multiple sugars including molasses, date sugar, white cane sugar, and dark rock candi.

Avancé is a strong, sour ale with aromas of strawberry preserves and toasted oak. Berries and more oak continue in the flavor, which concludes with a warm, sweet finish.

Allagash Avancé is available in 12.7-ounce bottles in the brewery’s taproom July 14th, alongside Coolship Cerise.

Style: Belgian-style Strong Ale / American Wild Ale (w/ Strawberries. Date Sugar. Candi Sugar. Molasses. White Cane Sugar. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Hops: Perle, German Tradition, Tettnang, Saaz
Malts: 2-Row, Malted Barley Blend, Munich, Caramel, Carapils

Availability: 12.7oz Bottles

10.8% ABV

Allagash Avance Strawberries

PIC: Allagash Brewing

Posted in Coming Soon, Goose Island Brewing, Headlines

Goose Island’s Bourbon County Series could pick up “Neopolitan Stout” this fall

Goose Island Bourbon County Neopolitan Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Neopolitan Stout is potentially joining the Bourbon County Brand series this fall. 

First get familiar with the term “pastry stout”. The beer industry is full of them these days. Take a simple imperial stout.- and throw in ingredients you’d find in a scone, brownie, cookie, or cake. Pastry stouts now have vanilla beans, cinnamon, cacao nibs, coconut, lactose, even breakfast cereal or movie theater candy. Not to mention aged various spirits barrels. They are basically alcoholic desserts.

Chicago’s Goose Island is home to one of the most well-known barrel-aged imperial stouts – Bourbon County. Over the years, Coffee, Vanilla, and berry editions have surfaced. Goose Island hasn’t turned a blind eye to the success of the (using this term loosely) “style” and is potentially bringing their own pastries to the table.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Neopolitan Stout looks to sweeten palates this fall. The imperial stout has been aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla, lactose milk sugar, strawberry puree, and chocolate. Think boozy ice cream.

No official announcement has been made by Goose Island on any of the 2018 variants.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Neopolitan Stout is slated for 16.9-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Strawberry Puree. Chocolate. Vanilla. Lactose. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

?? ABV

Posted in Headlines, Oskar Blues Brewing

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY is coming in July

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY will be available at both Colorado and North Carolina breweries in July. 

July 7th National Chocolate Day – a perfect day to release the latest iteration of the most recognizable imperial stouts in beer – Oskar Blues Ten FIDY. That motor oil resembling liquid has been aging in bourbon barrels with Cholaca, a pure liquid cacao.

The finishing flourish is a hefty dosing of Mexican bean cold brew from Hotbox Roasters.

The O.G. Imperial Stout got a one-way golden ticket to the inside of a barrel, where it went ass-over-elbows into a Cholaca chocolate river and then hotbox’d with Hotbox Roasters’ cold brew until it manifested as a smooth mocha mutha.

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY will only be available at the Longmont, Colorado-based brewery and the Brevard, North Carolina brewery on July 7th. Wristbands will be handed out starting at 9:30 am (local time). 19.2-ounce cans are available by the can ($15), 12-count case ($180) with a 5 case limit.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coffee. Chocolate. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 19.2oz Cans, Limited Draft. Brewery Only.
Debut: 7/7/18

12.9% ABV

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, 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 Heavy Seas, Seasonal Return

Heavy Seas Siren Noire is now 4-packs for the first time

Heavy Seas Siren Noire 4 Packs

Heavy Seas Siren Noire is set to return again in January, in a new format. 

Without a doubt, Heavy Seas Siren Noire is the decadent beer in the brewery’s lineup. The base beer is an imperial stout brewed with three pounds of Belgian cocoa nibs per barrel, then aged for 5 weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.

Read more: Uncharted Waters Series

The result? Dessert beer. Siren Noire is creamy and chocolatey, that finishes with vanilla bourbon flavors. Addictive, and one of our favorite releases in the brewery’s lineup.

When the Siren Noire returns in 2018, look for it (and all the Uncharted Waters) beers in new 12-ounce packaging. This move comes as many breweries are shifting their larger beers from 22-ounce bottles to a smaller format, such as 16-ounce cans and 16.9-ounce bottles.

Heavy Seas Siren Noire returns as a short-term seasonal in January 2018.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cacao NibsBarrel AgedBourbon)
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: January 2018

9.5% ABV

Image: Heavy Seas Beer