As I mentioned in a few articles earlier this week (the return of Ground Control from Ninkasi and today’s release of Overhang from Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor)), barrel-aged season is back. I just loves all those thick, dark, woody, bourbony releases that start flowing this time of year, and now Pike Brewing Company is getting in on the act.
Arriving tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd (which also happens to be International Stout Day), Pike will be releasing their 2017 Pike Entire Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Aged for four months on Woodinville Whiskey bourbon barrels, Pike Entire is rich with chocolate and espresso flavors and clocks in at 9.9%
Can you have too many craft beer festivals? It’s a quiet, behind-the-scenes type of debate here in the Northwest where breweries and craft beer festivals are plentiful. We have so many annual festivals that some attendees and some breweries can sometimes get festival fatigue. Those on the other side of the coin argue that there can’t be too much of a good thing and any reason one can find to create a new craft beer festival should be taken advantage of.
I can understand the viewpoint on both sides of this debate but I figure, as long as all these festivals can still find enough interested craft beer lovers to attend, then we’ll keep getting more. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to the Seattle Harvestfest, which will be coming to Utah Avenue South next Thursday, September 14th. Brought to you by Cask Creek Productions, this festival is a celebration of all the Fall/Harvest season styles we all enjoy.
Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) makes lots of excellent beers. Their popular Kitty Kat Blues was recently added to their year-round lineup and what is probably their most overall popular beer, Wisdom Seeker, just made it’s annual return as well. Now, Black Raven is preparing to bring back one of my absolute favorites. Arriving this Friday, March 24th is their popular and award-winning La Mort Bourbon.
Part of Black Raven’s Corbeaux Series and crafted by aging their equally popular La Petite Mort in Kentucky bourbon barrels, La Mort Bourbon is a complex beer that satisfies fans of Belgian Ales and bourbon-barrel aged beers alike. I’m a big fan of both, which helps explain why this is one of my favorite offerings from Black Raven.
How can anyone limit themselves to just a single style of beer? Sure, I’m a serious hophead at heart, but I never limit myself to just IPA’s. I’m a fan of all styles but I do have to admit that, especially in the cold of winter, I’m a huge fan of barrel aged beers.
There’s just something special that happens to a beer when it’s aged in Bourbon, Whiskey, Tequila, Brandy, Wine or other barrels. They impart complex flavors, new characteristics, perhaps a slight boost in ABV, etc. That’s why I’m glad that the 4th Annual Barrel Junction at The Beer Junction in West Seattle is almost here.