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Hardywood Craft Brewing – Richmond, VA

Hardywood Craft Brewing – Richmond, VA

Back in January, Russ did a review of two Hardywood Craft Brewing releases, Gingerbread Stout and Bourbon-barrel Aged Gingerbread Stout. Recently I headed down for the release of Hoplar, an IPA conditioned on Virginia Poplar wood. This post will deal more with the experience at the brewery rather than a review of Hoplar itself. The weather was perfect for the release. It was sunny and in the mid-50s. Festivities were to kick off at 1PM and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer Release, Breweries, Hardywood Park

Adroit Theory Brewing – B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout (Ghost 4)

Adroit Theory Brewing – B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout (Ghost 4)

About a month ago I reviewed the Ghost 3 version B/A/Y/S Russian Imperial Stout from Adroit Theory Brewing Company. At the beginning of March, owner Mark Osborne gave me a tour of Adroit Theory’s brewery in Purcellville, VA. Mark has some very interesting and exciting plans for the brewery over the coming year or two. I am very excited because I only live a few miles away. As we were leaving, Mark gave me a bottle … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adroit Theory Brewing Company, Barrel Aged, Beer, Finger Lakes Distilling, Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout

Cerveza Cucapa Tequila Barrel Aged Ale

Cerveza Cucapa Tequila Barrel Aged Ale

Billed as one of Mexico’s first microbreweries, Cucapa opened its doors in 2002. There isn’t a whole lot of information about the brewery out there, but it does hold the distinction of being the first Mexican brewery to score over 90 from the Beverage Tasting Institute for four of its beers. They also brew a wide variety of styles, including rye, pale ales, kolsch, imperial stouts, and of course, barrel-aged barleywines. I think this may be … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Barleywine, Beer, Cucapa, Mexico, Reviews, Tequila

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Kuhnhenn is a brewery I’m pretty familiar with. Dedicated readers will remember that a few months ago, I reviewed Kuhnhenn’s Dark Heathen Triple Bock. After recently drinking Sam Adam’s 1997 Triple Bock with Russ and Paige, I remembered the other Kuhnhenn beers in my cellar and pulled their Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine. Russ has already experienced Kuhnhenn’s accomplishments with barrel-aging and I figure it’s my turn to enjoy it as well! This particular bottle is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barrel Aged, Beer, Bourbon, English Barleywine, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Reviews

Catoctin Creek Distillery – Barrel Source for Virginia / DC

Catoctin Creek Distillery – Barrel Source for Virginia / DC

Barrels, Barrels, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Barrel, Barrels. every where, Nor any drop to drink. – borrowed badly from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner     It seems that every brewery has a barrel-aging program but where do the barrels come from and what did they previously hold? Luckily for barrel-aged beer fans in the Washington, D.C. area, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville, VA. is supplying a growing number of DC-area breweries with their used barrels … Read entire article »

Filed under: Better From The Barrel?, Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., DC Brau Brewing Co., Distillery, Mad Fox Brewing Co.

Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary Ale

Earlier this month, I reviewed Firestone Walker’s 14th Anniversary Ale, which featured a big proportion of stouts compared to their latest anniversary ale. The official blend ratio according to Firestone Walker is: -76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA -Beers included: Helldorado, DDBA, Sticky Monkey, Parabola, Velvet Merkin, Good Foot, Bravo, and Double Jack Add in aging within bourbon, brandy, and wine barrels and this seems like a recipe for success. Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Strong Ale, Barleywine, Beer, Bourbon, Brandy, Firestone Walker, Imperial Stout, Wine