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Barrels, Barrels, Everywhere

barrelHopefully, Samuel Taylor Coleridge isn’t rolling over in his grave because of my liberal use of a line from Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

I love most barrel-aged beers because of the flavors and aromas that are imparted to the beer. Many breweries these days have a barrel-aging program. Besides the beer itself there is an added bonus: an over abundance of used barrels. I had been wanting to get a used barrel to put in my basement bar to serve as a corner table and to add something unique. However, I didn’t really know where to start my journey to find a barrel that not only tied my bar together, but fit my wallet.

Previously, I did a post about Catoctin Creek Distillery, one of the barrel sources for DC-area breweries. I used that as a starting point and learned a lot on the way. Catoctin Creek sells their used barrels to the general public for $150. That was way too expensive for my blood and, secondly, they are smaller barrels and wouldn’t serve well as a stand-up table. I contacted one of the breweries from the article, DC Brau. They sell used barrels for $120, which was a little better but still too rich for my blood.

With high spirits, I called Heavy Seas Beer and asked what they do with their used barrels. Success! They sell them to the general public for $50 each or $120 for three. Their barrels are from Buffalo Trace Distillery and all standard size. I couldn’t pass up the chance. Normally the barrels are just available for sale during the week because they need to use a forklift to get the barrels down and there is no brewing on the weekend. I was near the brewery for a race this past Saturday and they were nice enough to set one aside for me.

I do know that Cascade Brewing in Portland, Oregon, and Weyerbacher in Easton, PA, and sometimes Victory in Downington, PA, sell barrels, too. Cascade’s are particularly cheap at $20. I do not know what Weyerbacher chargers. If you’re interested, I would recommend that you call your local brewery and ask if they sell their used barrels. Comment below if you find a good deal.

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Written by Bob Pack

Simply put, Bob is a beer lover. He goes out of his way to try new beers whenever he can find them. The love of trying new beers had resulted in a beer label collection of over 1400. When it comes down to it, Bob is a hop head. He loves IPAs (including double and black). Stouts are a close second. His tweet reviews on @nova_beer are simple and approachable. Let him know what you think. Find Bob Pack on Google Plus

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