After enjoying fresh beers last week, this week we moved onto the theme of Aged Beers. Whether aged in barrel or bottle prior to release or aged in one of our cellars or on a store shelf, we tasted beers that had spent a bit longer on this earth. Grateful this class moved to Friday since we tried quite a few beers as everyone was happy to dig into their cellars!
|Good Golly Miss Molly||Missouri|
|Dill Pickle Sour Beer||Destihl|
|Oak Bourbon Barrel Ivan the Terrible||Big Sky|
|11- Year Anniversary Blend||Beer Wild Heaven|
|Deeds & Exploits Ages in Port & Spanish Brandy Barrels W/ Vanilla & Cognac-Conditioned Coffee||Modern Times|
|Longoven: Chapter 1||The Veil|
|Bourbon County Brand Stout (2020) 14.6%||Goose Island|
|Sunshine & Opportunity||Almanac|
|Farmer’s Reserve Plum||Almanac|
|Barrel Aged Dear Agony (Madeira Sherry) (2019)||Heavy Riff|
|Contact High Hard Seltzer- Tangerine||4 Hands|
|Barrel Aged Dear Agony (Buffalo Trace) (2020)||Heavy Riff|
|JRF Brewing & Blending: Imperial Irish Coffee Stout Aged in Irish Whiskey Barrels||Center Ice|
|Carpathian (2022)||Main and Mill|
|Coconut Medianoche (2022)||Weldwerks|
|Dessert Eagle (Rocky) – Chocolate, Marshmallow, and Walnut||Arkane|
|Ginger Wasabi Ale||Missouri|
There were so many beers and a surprising range of styles given the theme, and in the end our winner of the evening was the Coconut Medianoche (2022) from WeldWerks. This beer is a blend of Medianoche batches aged for 21-24 months in freshly emptied 7-8 year-old Blanton’s bourbon barrels. After barrel aging, the beer is conditioned on more than 800 lbs of toasted coconut flakes and raw coconut chips, with the sweet coconut providing a perfect complement to the notes of crème brûlée, espresso brownie batter and cinnamon sugar donuts expressed by the barrels. Unique, rich, and extremely easy to drink, this beer was an easy choice for winner amongst our members this evening.
Join us next week as we explore Beer and Dessert pairings in a special tasting event where each member will bring not only a beer to share, but also a dessert they believe will mesh well.