Topic Archives: Bourbon

Posted in Headlines, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Wild Heaven & Bulliet Bourbon release 5th collaboration

Wild Heaven 5 Points can

Wild Heaven Beer and Bulliet Bourbon release 5 Points Doppelbock, the fifth installment of their ongoing barrel-aged series. 

Recapping the project, Bulliet Bourbon was always stingy with their barrels in the past. As Tom Bulleit told Beer Street Journal during an Atlanta launch event more than a decade ago, all the distillery’s barrels were sent to Scotland for whisky aging. At the time he seemed almost confused at the notion that America’s breweries would want empty bourbon barrels. That would all change in 2020. 

Bulliet did a little quiet research, looking for breweries with not just a robust barrel program, but breweries that really cared about barrel aging. Georgia-based Wild Heaven stood out to the Bulliet team and ultimately the Beer and Bourbon Series was born. 

The idea behind this project is simple. Wild Heaven creates a beer and Bulliet overnights freshly emptied (wet) barrels from the distillery 437 Miles South to Avondale Estates, Georgia. Fill the barrels, and wait for the magic to happen. During one of the worst years in human existence, 2020, 95 Shilling Scotch ale kicked off the series. The alcohol by volume in that beer could never have been high enough for us considering the times. 

RELATED: WILD HEAVEN’S BULLEIT COLLAB WAS WORTH THE WAIT

As fall descends upon Atlanta, the latest emergence is 5 Points – a German-style Dopplebock, aged in Bulleit Rye barrels. Let’s get straight to the point, this beer- much like this series- just keeps getting better and better. A Doppelbock may be a rarer style in the craft brewing world, but Wild Heaven’s head brewer Josh Franks has created a perfect reminder of how damn good they are. “I think it really turned out quite well,” Franks tells us. You’ll never hear the guy brag, but the smile on his face after a few sips of 5 Points tells us everything.

The fresh barrels from Bulleit really make all the difference world here. Vanilla flavors from the rye bourbon-soaked oak in 5 Points are fresh and bold, almost to the point of decadence. The creamy toffee and raisin flavors notes the dopplebock round out this cool weather sipper. More proof that this duo knows what they are doing. 

Wild Heaven 5 Points Dopplebock debuts this week in 16-ounce cans and draft. Wild Heaven and Bulleit are already working on their next project. 

Style: Dopplebock (Barrel Aged. Rye Bourbon.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. 

Debut: October 2022

Posted in Don't Miss This, Guinness, New Releases

Guinness releases barrel-aged Mint Chocolate Stout

Guinness Mint Chocolate Stout

Baltimore, Maryland-based Guinness Open Gate Brewery has a new seasonal imperial stout ahead of the holidays – Guinness Mint Chocolate Stout

The imperial stout is brewed with dried mint leaves, then conditioned on pure cacao (chocolate), then aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

“Chocolate and mint are a classic flavor combination, and the way those flavors interact with the bourbon character leads to something really special. It’s the perfect beer to sip on after a solid meal with family and friends over the holidays,” says Open Gate head brewer Sean Brennan. 

Guinness Mint Chocolate Stout also compliments recently returning Gingerbread Stout, also brewed in the Baltimore brewery. 

Mint Chocolate Stout is available in 11.2-ounce bottles for a limited time. 

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Mint. Chocolate. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 11.2 oz/4pk Bottles. Limited Release. 
Debut: November 2021 

10.8% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Founders Brewing

Maple syrup bourbon barrel Founders Frootwood back for 2nd time

Founders Frootwood

Founders Frootwood debuted in 2017. For the first time since its release, Frootwood returns to the brewery’s taproom this month- nationally in January 2022. 

The beer was a big hit amongst the brewery’s barrel-aged beer fans. Frootwood is a cherry ale, aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. As you might recall, one of the Founder’s most requested beers is also aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels – Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS).

A flavor Battle Royale.

From the moment this story hit Beer Street Journal 2017, the readers were worried the beer would have too much cherry. Or even worse, being too sweet or too boozy. The result was actually a “Battle Royale” of flavor. Each sip pulled you three ways. The main contenders are bourbon, cherries, and maple syrup – each fighting for dominance.  When you hear someone say a beer is “all over the place,” Frootwood is a great example of just that. We hope the latest release is just the same.

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.

Founders Frootwood is a 12-ounce bottle release, as well as draft. Estimated retail $15.99 4/pack. 

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer (w/ Cherries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon. Maple Syrup.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: January 2017
Latest Return: November 2021

8% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal 

Posted in Coming Soon, Orpheus Brewing

Orpheus Brewing’s Stouts All the Way Down gains 16th release

Orpheus - Stouts All the Way Down Vol 16

Orpheus Brewing Stouts All the Way Down Vol 16 debuts on September 3rd, a part of the brewery’s “Year 7” Anniversary. 

This is the 16th iteration of the brewery’s ongoing Stouts All the Way Down Series started an imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. Which as odd as it sounds now, was very unique upon release (around the brewery’s 5th anniversary. Why? No vanilla, lactose, cereal, or other food. Just a barrel-aged imperial stout -something we basically forgot about. 

The series name draws from the mythological idea of a world turtle that supports a flat earth on its back. That turtle rests on a larger turtle, and that turtle on a… you get the idea. The stack of turtles continues indefinitely. It’s a popular example of the regress argument in epistemology. If you want to deep dive into a logical wormhole, read up on the term “infinite regress.”

This particular [Turtle] in the series is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with honey roasted peanuts and strawberries. 

Stouts All the Way Down Volume 16 will Bev available in 12.7oz bottles at the brewery starting September 3rd. 

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Honey Roasted Peanuts. Strawberries. Barrel-Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles. Limited Release

Debut: 9/3/21

13% ABV

MORE: Orpheus Year 7 Releases

Posted in New Beers, Orpheus Brewing

Orpheus Brewing Barrel-Aged City in the Trees

Orpheus - Barrel-Aged City in the Trees

Orpheus Brewing Barrel-Aged City in the Trees, a dopplebock releasing as a part of the Atlanta brewery’s Year 7 Anniversary. 

This long boil dopplebock has been aged in Russel’s Reserve 9 Year Bourbon barrels. Russell’s is straight bourbon from the Wild Turkey Distillery. 

The story of Orpheus is a story of rebirth, first in his journey into and out of Hades, and finally in the transmigration of his soul into the body of a swan. We pay tribute to this rebirth with every beer we put into barrels, to be transformed by its time in the wood and reborn as something new.

Orpheus Brewing Barrel-Aged City in the Trees is available in 12.7oz bottles at the Year 7 Anniversary Party on September 3rd. 

Style: Dopplebock (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles
Debut: 9/3/21

11% ABV

MORE: Orpheus Year 7 Releases

Posted in New Beers, Orpheus Brewing

Orpheus Brewing Room a Thousand Years Wide

Orpheus - Room a Thousand Years Wide

Orpheus Brewing Room a Thousand Years Wide debuts as a part of the brewery’s Year 7 Anniversary Party on September 3rd. 

The base beer is a barleywine , aged in Baker’s 13 year bourbon barrels. Baker’s is a part of Jim Beam’s Small Batch line. 

The story of Orpheus is a story of rebirth, first his journey into and out of Hades, and finally the transmigration of his soul into the body of a swan. We pay tribute to this rebirth with every beer we put into barrels, to be transformed by its time in the wood and reborn as something new.

Orpheus Brewing Room a Thousand Years Wide is available in 12.7oz bottles on September 3rd. 

Style: Barleywine (Barrel-Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles
Debut: 9/3/21

13.9% ABV

MORE: Orpheus Year 7 Releases

Posted in New Beers, Orpheus Brewing

Orpheus Brewing Darkness Has No Alibi

Orpheus - Darkness Has No Alibi

Orpheus Brewing Darkness Has No Alibi an imperial stout debuts this weekend. 

The base beer is an imperial stout brewed with oats, molasses and spices, and aged in bourbon barrels.

The stillness feels the air and shudders. Toiling through the hulking gate from now to always now, extant riches burning so we venerate the ashes. The oppressive sound of nothing dampens drifting calculations, but broken thoughts entwine when creeping darkness has no alibi. Constructing eternity out of discount ruins, engulfed in all that’s real to me, which takes me home amidst morass to see through smoke and ash the brief infinity we built.

Orpheus Brewing Darkness Has No Alibi is available in 12.7oz bottles on September 3rd. 

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon. w/ Molasses. Spices.)
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles. Limited Release 
Debut: 9/3/21

12.9% ABV

MORE: Orpheus Year 7 Releases