Great Storm founder and brewer Jeff Jacobs
invited us out last night for a preview of the barrel-aged beers he'll pour on Sunday, Nov. 23 — which are all detailed below.
We started with the 2014 Barrel Roll Red, which is bochet
-inspired, meant to highlight caramelized honey. But the bee sap's not the dominating flavor as in most braggots
. The Boardeaux barrel has clearly been at work, gifting faint tannic qualities and a finish flavor I could only relate to dried apricots.
The 2013 version, also around 8 percent ABV, strikes a more plumb-rich stance with lingering essence of sherry. It also of course illustrates what a difference time means for aging beer.
The Jack Daniel's-barrel-aged barleywine — my favorite sip of the evening and perfect for the frozen temps — hits hard at 12-percent ABV, acting very vanilla-forward with whiskey presence on the back end.
Lastly, the 7 percent ABV loganberry (a raspberry and blackberry hybrid) sour-smacks immediately of Sweet Tarts candy, with an effervescence and lingering fruitiness that somehow made me think of miracle fruit
All fun stuff and a solid effort for a barrel program still in its upstart phase.
Four very distinct brews from the barrel await you.
——-ORIGINAL POST, TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 4:54 P.M. ——-
In this past week's Side Dish
, I note the impending expansion of Great Storm Brewing
and their newly added barrel-aging program.
On Sunday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., the outfit will host a Private Barrel Tasting for $20, which includes four pours and appetizers, plus discussion with the brewers. Here's what's on tap:
· Niagara By Barrel, a loganberry sour aged in a Bordeaux barrel for seven months.
· Barrel Roll Red, an Imperial Red brewed with caramelized, locally produced, wildflower honey, aged in a Bordeaux barrel for five months.
· Exclusive tasting of the only remaining keg of 2013’s Barrel Roll Red. This will be the only opportunity to try the year-and-a-half-old 2013 and new 2014 vintages side by side!
· A special preview of our Christmas Thunderstroke Barleywine, aged in a Jack Daniels barrel.
Preceding that, on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., Green Man Taproom
will host Indy Give!
participant Rocky Mountain Field Institute
for the NovemberFRESH Craftbeer Fest. Entry, benefitting RMFI, is $5, and drink sales also go toward the organization.
, Smiling Toad
and Great Storm breweries will all be participating, using Randalls
to infuse such flavors as vanilla, fruits and spices, plus added hops, into beers poured through the contraptions.
A sampling you shall go at Great Storm Brewing or Green Man Taproom.