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Jester King’s Whiskey Barrel Rodeo

Jester King’s Whiskey Barrel Rodeo

Jester King Craft Brewery is an authentic farmhouse brewery based in Texas Hill Country that I’ve been collecting labels of and that Paige has actually visited. They believe that terroir–the geography, geology, and/or climate of a certain area, basically what makes a region special–is just as important to beer as to wine. They use local rain water and wild Texas yeasts where possible. They use as many USDA-certified organic ingredients as possible and don’t rush … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Imperial Stout, Jester King Craft Brewery, Mikkeller, Whiskey

DC Brau Brewing Company Barrel Aged Rarities

DC Brau Brewing Company Barrel Aged Rarities

As part of their inaugural Barrel Aged Beauties event last Wednesday Churchkey in DC had a number of DC Brau Brewing Company’s offerings aged in various barrels graciously provided by Catoctin Creek from just up north in Loudon County. I’ve only ever had a few beers from the District’s first packaging brewery since 1956, but was excited to see how well their beers would hold up in barrels from a local distillery. It boiled down … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian Pale Ale, Catoctin Creek Pear, Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, DC Brau Brewing Co., Oatmeal Stout, Porter

Epic Big Bad Baptist Releases 1, 3, and 4

Epic Big Bad Baptist Releases 1, 3, and 4

Epic Brewing Company’s claim to fame is being Utah’s first brewery since prohibition to brew exclusively high alcohol content beer. I came across some of their stuff in my typical Northern Virginia beer spots, the bottles catching my eye as it’s a brewery usually not seen in Pennsylvania. When I read on the label that this stout was brewed with coffee, cocoa, and aged in whiskey barrels…suffice it to say I had the beer purchased … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Blend, Epic Brewing Co., Four Roses, Imperial Stout, Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Better From The Barrel: Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Better From The Barrel: Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter

Update: This post is being retroactively fitted to run in our column “Better From The Barrel?” The story of how Flying Dog got its start is as strange as the labels that grace their bottles. In 1983, a series of events in the Himalayas involving under prepared hikers, an unfaithful Sherpa, a scared-shitless donkey, and quickly consumed contraband led to the creation of the Flying Dog philosophy. That’s right, philosophy. It wasn’t until 1990 that beer came into … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baltic Porter, Beer, Better From The Barrel?, Flying Dog Brewery, Porter, Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey