UPDATE: Barrel-aged, Randall infused


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 or meads. 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. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • 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. 

Nano 108, Smiling Toad, Lofty 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. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • A sampling you shall go at Great Storm Brewing or Green Man Taproom.

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