Ahead of their time: Town Hall was barrel-aging beer before it was cool

Before the late 1990s, the lives of barrels mostly started and ended with their relationship to wine or spirits. The notion of aging a beer in used barrels was still a relatively novel concept. What you may not know is that one of your favorite Minneapolis brewpubs was one of the earliest pioneers in barrel-aging beer. “It wasn’t a … [ Read more]

First Sip: Urban Growler Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stouts

Urban Growler Brewing will release two barrel-aged Russian imperial stouts and two experimental beers at a ticketed event tonight. The Growler had a chance to get an advance taste of the stouts on Tuesday. The St. Paul brewery made a single batch of the beer and split it between four barrels: two freshly used bourbon … [ Read more]

The Barrel Brokers

The Otises just wanted to age honey. Now they’re at the center of Minnesota’s barrel trade. Duluth Barrel Works owners Jon and Erin Otis never envisioned becoming “barrel brokers.” Yet today, they does just that for nearly every brewery in the Twin Ports area, including Bent Paddle and Thirsty Pagan, as well as Dangerous Man … [ Read more]

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Blend your own barrel-aged beer at AleSmith’s new Anvil & Stave

Barrel-aged beers are becoming increasingly popular in the craft world, but many people may not understand the process by which beer flows from fermenter to barrel to bottle. San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing is hoping to pull back the curtain on that process with their new “Anvil & Stave: A Barrel-Aged Beer Experience” tasting room, which … [ Read more]

Bent Paddle releases its barrel-aged beast of a beer

Lots of excitement for the release of the Double Shot Double Black! Enjoy it while you can! Details here: pic.twitter.com/ulIICJrAcr — Bent Paddle Brewing (@bentpaddlebeer) February 3, 2016 Bent Paddle Brewing Co. released its biggest beer to date on Wednesday, February 3. Barrel-aged Double Shot Double Black is a robust version of Bent Paddle’s black … [ Read more]

7 days, 12 big beers: Town Hall Barrel-Aged Week is Feb. 14–20

When it comes to barrel-aged beer, Town Hall Brewery doesn’t mess around. The Minneapolis brewpub was among the first in the country to take home a medal from the Great American Beer Festival for a barrel-aged beer—they won gold in 2001 for their Czar Jack Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, which pre-dated the “Wood-and-Barrel-Aged-Beer” categories the GABF … [ Read more]

Bent Paddle Barrel-Aged Double Shot Double Black Ale coming to bottles

  Bent Paddle announced Wednesday, January 27 that its Barrel-Aged Double Shot Double Black Ale, which they sampled at The Growler and Nomad World Pub’s Craft Collective Night, will be released in 750-milliliter bottles in the near future. Barrel-Aged Double Shot Double Black Ale is an amped up version of the Duluth brewery’s Cold Press Black … [ Read more]

Ale Asylum marking 10 years with new barrel-aging program, pilot batch series

Ale Asylum, the popular Madison, Wisconsin, brewery, is best known for its straight-forward, by-the-book, well-made beers. But all that’s about to change, reports Badger Herald. “This year will be the 10th anniversary for our company,” Hathaway Dilba, director of promotions for Ale Asylum, told the paper. “We’re excited to have some special beers coming out … [ Read more]

Schell’s Stag Series #9: Cave- and Barrel-Aged Lager

When you’ve been in business for over 150 years, you’re going to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Or under your brewery. Like the caverns beneath the August Schell Brewing Co. in New Ulm. The Civil War-era caves made lagering possible in the pre-refrigeration world. A century and a half later, the caves have given birth … [ Read more]

The Wooden Age: An Era of Barrel Aged Beer in Minnesota

Barrel aged beer is a big deal in the world of craft beer these days. It’s also unpredictable, time-consuming to make, and getting more expensive as it grows in popularity. In 2001 Town Hall’s Czar Jack Imperial Stout, now a staple in their annual Barrel Aged Week, won a gold medal at the illustrious Great … [ Read more]