For those of us who were brought up believing that freshly brewed beer is best, hold on to your bottle—we’ve been proven wrong by a revolution. Revolution Brewing, Chicago’s new hometown craft brewery and brewpub which produces over ten styles of bourbon barrel-aged beers, has joined in the revolt that may have started right here. Brewing beer in barrels is not new; however, the
What to expect from a bourbon barrel-aged
use of bourbon barrels to age beer is as recent
beer? The longer the beer is aged, the more you
as the early 1990’s when both Goose Island and
can expect an intense taste with more nuanced
Samuel Adams lay claim to be the first to brew
flavors and textures, hence all the wine speak
bourbon barrel-aged beer and place it firmly in
used to describe a bourbon barrel-aged beer. Plus
the hands of the craft beer movement.
it typically has a higher alcohol content that helps the beer age better.
“The barrels contribute a big bourbon nose and flavor, and the charred American oak imparts
Pictured here is the recently released (fall 2012)
aromas and flavors of caramelized sugar,
Very Mad Cow Milk Stout from Revolution
vanilla and sometimes toasted coconut. Similar
Brewing. “It is a huge milk stout, aged in Woodford
to a crème brûlée,” says Revolution Brewing
Reserve Bourbon and Jack Daniels Whiskey
brewmaster, Jim Cibak. The beers can be aged
barrels for six months,” says Cibak. “The resulting
as short as three months or as long as a year
beer is a rich, roasty stout with a silky, smooth
depending on the style and desired intensity of
mouthfeel.” He also claims it has all the crème
brûlée nuances. And does it really contain milk? Close, it’s actually lactose, a milk sugar that gives the beer a touch of sweetness––in its old age.
You can find a bourbon barrel-aged craft brew just about anywhere you live. Here are a few brewers and brewpubs to check out. · Revolution Brewing
· 3 Floyds
· Goose Island
· Fifty Fifty
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