Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine. It just sounds right. Like extra sauce at Cane’s. It just happens. You know when you order a beer at an airport and the bartender asks you if you want to make it a large for just $2 more? Well, yeah – I absolutely do. And barleywine aged in bourbon barrels is just one of those things that should happen.
Enter, This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.
We brewed our very first barleywine mid-year 2018 and shared a few kegs at our 5th Anniversary Ramble party. A few folks were surprised it took us 5 years to attempt this style. As a lager-focused brewery, we tend to lean towards nuance and crushability over intensity and booziness. Nevertheless, here we are, ready to drop our first barrel aged barleywine this weekend.
Let’s step back a minute first. Before fully matured or packaged, we had an immediate consensus to move this beer to bourbon barrels for aging. We wanted to see how the molasses-like sweetness and fig fruitiness would play with the vanilla and oak our barrels bring to the party. The goal was to achieve a balance of oak without an overwhelming flavor of bourbon that would mask how delicious the original beer already was. After just six months of aging in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels, we hit that sweet spot. Enjoy now for a boozy pronounced hop character or cellar in a dark and cool spot for a softer expression of fruit, toffee and balance maltiness.
Bourbon Barrel Aged This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Barleywine will be available on draft and in bottles in the tasting room beginning Friday, March 29.