Barrel aging beer is a longstanding tradition among brewers that has come to the forefront of craft brewing. Partially science, but mostly art, few have mastered the skill of aging beers in oak barrels to impart flavors from either fresh oak or the spirit or wine they once contained.
In it’s inaugural year, Portland beer week has teamed up with Hopworks Urban Brewery and Breakside Brewery’s Ben Edmunds to bring together a panel of experts on barrel-aging beers from Imperial Stouts to Barleywines, IPAs and funky sour brews. This informal panel, led by Edmunds, will discuss what goes into each brew and how you can work with the barrels to impart different flavors from bourbon to pinot to gin and more. Attendees will get to taste 2-3 different rare, barrel-aged beers from each panelist and learn their techniques.
Keeping with the spirit of Portland Beer Week, the Barrel-Aged Beers Panel aims to be both a fun and educational tasting and seminar event.
Tickets must be presold and are available via Paypal here.
Brewers and Beers:
John Harris, Full Sail Brewing
2 vintages of Black Gold or Top Sail (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout and Porter respectively)
1998 Old Boilermaker (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Barleywine)
Ben Love, Hopworks Urban Brewing
Ace of Spades (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial IPA)
Piledriver (Cabernet and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Belgian Strong Ale with Cherries)
Noggin Floggin (2009 Macallan Scotch Barrel-Aged)
Nick Arzner, Block 15 Brewing
Pappy’s Dark Ale (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout)
Golden Canary (Pinot Barrel-Aged sour Wild Ale)
Figgy Pudding (Brandy Barrel-Aged English Strong Ale)
Ben Edmunds, Breakside Brewery
Double Wit (Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Ale)
Aztec (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chocolate and Chili Strong Ale)