Yesterday, I attended the kickoff of the 2012 Big Wood – Wood Aged Beer Festival at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle. This annual festival celebrates the complexity and diversity of wood-aged beers (and a few ciders too). Die-hard wood-aged craft beer lovers, myself included, lined up early, in the rain, eagerly awaiting the start of the festival. The rain didn’t dampen our spirits though, as most were discussing their favorite wood-aged beers, or ones they were looking forward to trying at the festival.
Great beer can’t be rushed. That is especially true for wood-aged beers. It takes time for beers to glean the appropriate flavor and aroma qualities they can obtain by being stored for a time in wood barrels. The subtelties and complexities of wood-aged beers have always appealed to me, which is why I’m really looking forward to one of my favorite events of the year, the 6th Annual Big Wood Fest coming up on Thursday, December 6th.