In tomorrow’s Austin American-Statesman, I explore the barrel programs at local breweries and distilleries, which often rely on each other to continue their wood-aged projects by swapping barrels — hot commodities that can sometimes be hard to find. (The story is already online here.)
Sadly, I didn’t have room to include all of the barrel-aged brews that have resulted from area brewers’ efforts, but consider this list your starter guide to ones that you can find around town right now.
Adelbert’s Tripel Treat: Adelbert’s Brewery founder Scott Hovey likes to go beyond bourbon barrels when aging beers for the brewery’s Vintage series. Because they’re easier to procure than other barrels out there, “bourbon barrel aging has been overdone, so it’s nice to offer something unique to consumers,” he said.
That “unique” beer comes in the form of Tripel Treat, Adelbert’s Tripel B aged in Treaty Oak’s Barrel Reserve rum barrels. It clocks in at a boozy 11.7 percent ABV, which you’ll taste in Tripel Treat’s “exquisite balance of warming rum notes, soft coconut and smooth oak, with a surprisingly fruity nose,” according to the brewery. It’s a good way to learn how barrels influence the beers within them; as Hovey noted, “the rum barrels really made the vanilla notes pop in ways that other barrels don’t.”
For many who brew beer, distill spirits or ferment grapes into wine, barrels can be a crucial component — one that can transform the beverage from something already good to something downright magical.
Just ask Scott Hovey, the founder and brewmaster of Adelbert’s Brewery. He wanted a thriving barrel program to be a focal point of his North Austin brewery ever since stepping foot into Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. years ago and admiring the walls of barrels in the tasting room. But there and at his own brewery, barrels are far more than just a striking wooden backdrop…
Click here to read the full article from The Austin American-Statesman.
Halloween is coming! Here are our beer and candy pairings for a spooktacular time!
– Naked Nun w/ Orange Jelly Beans or Candy Corn
– Scratchin’ Hippo w/ Milk Chocolate Peanut Clusters
– Dancin’ Monks w/ Caramel Corn
– Black Rhino with Chocolate Covered Pretzels
– Philosophizer w/ Pinapple Jelly Beans
– Travelin’ Man w/ Sour Gummy Worms
– Flyin’ Monks w/ Peanut Brittle
This blog was inspired by a recent email we received from a lady named Michelle. She is planning a surprise 30th birthday party for her husband who is a big Flyin’ Monks fan. She wanted to know how many beers we suggested for a group of 20-30 and recommendations of styles to serve at the party. This seemed like a common issue others might run into when planning an event. Below are my recommendations for planning beer for your event!
How Much To Buy:
Each of our 750 ml bottle has 25.4 ounces in it and will serve approximately 2-3 people depending how large you pour. Personally, my husband and I can share a bomber between the two of us. Then again, we are big beer drinkers! When deciding how much to buy, work backwards from how many ounces you plan to server per person and calculate from there.
Questions to ask yourself:
– What type of glasses will you be using? A 20 oz pint glass will equal a larger pour per per compared to a 12 oz tulip.
– Will you be serving wine and/or hard liquor? If so, assume 20-30% won’t have beer.
What Beers to Serve:
In regards of styles to serve, I would have one lighter option (Naked Nun or Philosophizer), a hoppy one if you have IPA drinking friends (Travelin’ Man – formerly The Traveler) and a medium dark (Scratchin’ Hippo, Dancin’ Monks or Black Rhino). If you prefer a smaller selection, I’d lean towards Naked Nun and Scratchin’ Hippo due to their approachability if you aren’t sure how “beer nerdy” your friends are.
Make it Special:
If you’re having a party for a guy who loves a specific beer (Flyin’ Monks in this case), consider buying some bottles of that one for a group toast together!
Want to make it extra special for the birthday boy? Get a bottle signed! We’ve had people come by with bottles to have them signed by our brewers to give as special gifts. Please reach out before coming to schedule a time.
Where to Purchase:
Several retailers that carry our beer offer case price discounts and special ordering. Coordinate with them to get the best price!
Do you have a question you’d like to know about our beer, pairings, parties, etc? Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org!