Episode 412 – Double Barrel Blast
As if barrel-aging alone wasn’t enough, breweries these days are taking beers that have already experienced an extended oak rest and dumping them into another barrel to age even further. We sample five beers that result from this process (or something similar) to see if all that patience pays off in the end. This final installment of Barrel-Aged December features two legit top ten candidates for beers of the year, and we attempt to extend our merchandising output. And as if two barrels for every beer wasn’t enough, Ryan has brought the extra heat for this one: two Craigs. Get ready for the Craigboard.
Off Color Brewing/Metropolitan Brewing – Avec Le Guillotine (Blend of doppelbock, calvados foedre-aged Flemish-style with apples, and American Wild Ale aged in wine barrels with Cabernet Franc grape must; all refermented with cherries and aged in bourbon barrels and Pomegranate Fox Wild Ale barrels)
Church Street Brewing Company – Double Barrel Doppelbock (Doppelbock aged in bourbon and port barrels for 2 years)
Brink Brewing Co./Nine Giant Brewing – Double Bourbon Barrel-Aged Loose String (Barleywine aged in rye and bourbon barrels)
Private Press Brewing – Electric Roads (Double Barrel-Aged Barleywine)
Mikerphone Brewing – Double Barrel-Aged Super Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit (Imperial Breakfast Stout w/ maple syrup and coffee, aged in Heaven Hill rye barrels and Smoke Wagon rye barrels)