Fooling Father Time: ‘Rapid-aging’ and the future of craft whiskey

The standard formula for whiskey, the way it’s always been done, is this: you fill up an oak barrel with a clear spirit and then you wait. And wait. And wait. Inside that barrel, things slowly unfold. Alcohol seeps into the toasted oak, degrading the polymers that make up its structure. The lignin and hemicellulose in … [ Read more]

Sociable Cider introduces barrel-aging program

Sociable Cider Werks co-owner Jim Watkins is never satisfied. He’s always tinkering with things, whether it’s cooking a steak or sourcing apples for the cider served at the taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s no wonder then that the Sociable team is experimenting with the complex flavors that come from barrel-aging their fermented fruit beverage. The … [ Read more]

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]

Insight celebrates its first trip around the sun with a special barrel-aged stout

Ilan Klages-Mundt, head brewer and co-founder of Insight Brewing in Minneapolis, carefully dipped a sanitized barrel thief into the oak barrel, took a sample, and squirted the molasses colored liquid into a sampling glass. He was excited, almost giddy, to be doling out the two different samples of 2014 Gravity Well Imperial Stout—one aged in 45 Parallel’s Richmond Rye Whiskey and … [ Read more]

Can Do: 612Brew Powers Up Its New Canning Line

Having just turned two years old, 612Brew is celebrating more than just an anniversary. On Feb. 16 the brewery is rolling out a new lineup of canned beer, extending the brewery’s influence well beyond the walls of their popular taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. “It took us a while to roll out the cans because we spent our … [ Read more]

Dangerous Man Launching Barrel Aging Program, Releasing 4 New Beers

Photos by Aaron Davidson “There’s something about barrels that is just so romantic,” doted Dangerous Man’s ‘creative director and list maker’ Sarah Bonvallet as she reminisced about the excitement her partner Rob Miller and the rest of the Dangerous Man brewers exuded about the next chapter for one of NE Minneapolis’ favorite breweries. “I feel like [a barrel … [ Read more]

Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve: Bourbon Barrel Stout

Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve: Bourbon Barrel Stout ABV: 9.5% This is a great tasting bourbon barrel stout, with excellent colors and a phenomenal taste that lives up to the aromas bursting forth when the bottle is first opened. The first look is a nice, creamy tan that gives way to an obsidian brown. Smells of oak with … [ Read more]

The Barrel Mill

Keeping a Cooperage Alive By Jake Lewis It is difficult to look around a craft beer bar or bottle shop and not see at least one barrel-aged beer of some kind. Often times, it’s these beers that command the highest prices and the most attention from craft beer drinkers. It’s fascinating how the craft beer … [ Read more]