Barrel-Aged Craft Beers
Many modern craft beer breweries are returning to the tradition of barrel aging. In particular, dark, high-alcohol styles such as Imperial Stout, Imperial Porter or Barley Wine are often refined by barrel aging. The origin of this trend, like so many developments in the craft beer world, lies in the USA. The barrels are not new, but were pre-used with different beverages. Bourbon, cognac, rum, whiskey or sherry barrels are popular. For various sour beers, many craft beer breweries use white or red wine barrels. A special feature are barrels in which maple syrup was previously stored. Depending on the barrel and the length of storage, the character of the corresponding beer can be rather mild or strongly influenced by the barrel. Each barrel brings typical flavor characteristics into the beer.
Barrel Aged Craft Beer at Beyond Beer
In Europe, Põhjala, among others, are famous for their barrel-aged beers. But also Lervig, Mikkeller, Cloudwater or Popihn brew quite extraordinary barrel aged beer. Not to mention the Belgian Lambic breweries and Geuze blenders, whose beers are all barrel-aged. Kemker Kultuur from Germany also ages a large part of their beers in barrels, primarily red wine.