the positions of naturally occurring astronomical objects as well as artificial satellites in the sky at a given time or times.
We love barrel aged beers, we love them so much we devote a significant amount of space in our brewhouse to them. Our ever-growing stock of barrels includes wine, whiskey, bourbon, and whatever else strikes our fancy. The fun begins when we transfer one of our many beers into the barrels after primary fermentation and begin the most frustrating part: waiting.
We wait for the flavors of the barrel and their former spirit to take hold in the beer, this process is slow but it yields beautiful results. We monitor the beer throughout the process, checking its aroma, flavor, pH and gravity. We look for signs of unwanted infection, oxidation, and autolysis.
When we believe the beer has reached the perfect point in aging, the point where aroma and flavor are at their optimal blend of the original beer and the chosen vessel; we capture the beer. We call this point in time the “epoch”. An “epoch” is a point in time that’s used as a reference for something that varies over time.
So if you happen to be in the tap room, ask us what is currently aging. We’ll give you the list of beers we have lying in wait and possibly an estimate of when they will be ready. From time to time we unveil these beers in the tap room or in small runs of bottles.
This is a log of the different beers we have released:
STYLE ROBUST PORTER EPOCH 20150723|B004|BRB003 BARREL OR BLEND B004 – CO WHISKEY BATCH 3 ABV 5.9%+ OG 1.070 IBU 36 BR 0.514 Using 100% UK ingredients (except the water), this beer is loaded with chocolate and espresso aromas and a hint of dark berries. The black patent, chocolate, and brown malts combine to form a flavor that is like biting into a dark chocolate covered espresso bean. With a smooth, almost cream like texture and clean finish, this beer is a perfect winter session ale.
STYLE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT EPOCH 20150731|B003|MTM004 BARREL OR BLEND B003 – KY BOURBON BATCH 3 OG 1.100 IBU 65 BR 0.650 Where light cannot escape, our Russian Imperial Stout is brewed with copious amounts of German roasted barley alongside absurd quantities of American and UK base malts. Our particular blend of grains produces strong flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, maples, vanilla, and hints of tobacco. High alpha-acid hops help tame this beast and give a peppery, earthy flavor that carries throughout the entire sip. A truly big beer.
STYLE BELGIAN GOLDEN STRONG EPOCH 20150710|B001|SLS002 BARREL OR BLEND B002 – CA CHARDONNAY BATCH 2 ABV 9.2%+ OG 1.080 IBU 27 BR 0.338 Our interpretation of the classic Belgian golden strong ale. A simple ingredient base of pilsner malt, noble hops and Belgian candi sugar create a stage for this authentic yeast strain to produce bold and complex aromas reminiscent of apples, lemons, pear and black pepper in the finish.
STYLE BELGIAN DUBBEL EPOCH 20150722|B002|CAN003 BARREL OR BLEND B002 – CA RED WINE BATCH 3 ABV 7.4%+ OG 1.064 IBU 20 BR 0.313 Brewed as if we were monks. This interpretation of the Trappist Dubbel is a myriad of aromatic, pilsner, and ruby malts with a late addition of Belgian Dark candi sugar and floral hops. A Belgian yeast strain is then allowed to run rampant by producing flavors of fig, plum, raisin, bread, cinnamon and clove. Dry, complex, and seductive.
STYLE ENGLISH BARLEYWINE EPOCH 20151009|B004|KTW002 BARREL OR BLEND B004 – CO WHISKEY BATCH 2 ABV 9.3%+ OG 1.090 IBU 39 BR 0.433 Aromas of dark berries, toffee, molasses, and mild toasted spices fill the glass. Tastes of candied dried fruit give way to a complex malty backbone and a complex yet refined finish. Imbibe slowly and as this beer warms it will begin to change and reveal even more aromas and flavors.
STYLE ROBUST PORTER EPOCH 20151013|B005|BRB004 BARREL OR BLEND B005 – FEISTY BOURBON BATCH 4 ABV 5.9%+ OG 1.070 IBU 36 BR 0.514 Using 100% UK ingredients (except the water), this beer is loaded with chocolate and espresso aromas and a hint of dark berries. The black patent, chocolate, and brown malts combine to form a flavor that is like biting into a dark chocolate covered espresso bean. With a smooth, almost cream like texture and clean finish, this beer is a perfect winter session ale.