Sunday, 27 November 2011

Barrel Bounty

So this past week we laid down our Imperial Vanilla Coffee Stout 'KopiKat' into whisky barrels for ageing until spring & it's got me thinking about barrel ageing in general & the huge difference individual barrels can make to beer in them, whisky, bourbon, sherry, wine etc...

It's something we really would like to get into to ensure we've always got something very special to release throughout the coming years.

So I've started to look for inspiration & ideas & it seems that US brewers are leading the way in experimentation in this field, none more so than the Avery Brewing Company who have released this video where Andy Parker, Chief "Barrel-Herder", talks about his passion & hard earned expertise in this field.

Our barrel aged research has just begun, but see the stack of barrels behind Andy? That kind of space is already on this head brewers plan for the new place...

KopiKat's home for 6 months & the start of our barrel aged odyssey.

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