One of the side benefits of the rising interest in premium bourbon is the invention of the bourbon barrel-aged beer. The idea is simple.
You take a barrel previously used for aging bourbon, fill it up with beer, and let it sit for a while, soaking up the bourbon flavors left as a residue in the wood. Thick, complex, sweet, and tasty, bourbon beers make for great drinking as the weather turns colder: say October to March, but especially over the winter months. Also, trying these ales out is a must for any lover of bourbon.
Aging other forms of alcohol in bourbon barrels is becoming increasingly popular with distillers, but compared to premium scotch or port, bourbon beer is inexpensive and readily available. The following list represents the five best bourbon ales around.
1. The District Chophouse’s Bourbon Stout
This was the first bourbon beer I ever tasted, years before I saw the stuff bottled and on shelves. Aged for six weeks in barrels procured from Old Grandad, it combines the best elements of a craft stout with sweet vanilla.
St. Louis Bans Local Brews from Festivals: Home brewers in St. Louis who made hundreds of gallons of beer for this past weekend’s St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival are going to have a lot of extra brew on their hands after the city banned them from participating on Monday.
Here’s the only guy I’ve found who comes right out in print and says this–and he’s referring to extract, DME/LME; hopped/unhopped, etc.
R. W. “Dick” Gaines
GnySgt USMC (Ret.)
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