Portland, OR has many things wired: good food, a thriving art community, and great beer. We recently discovered our newest obsession in the Widmer Brother's Reserve Collection. After our first sip, we had one of those moments where you know you've stumbled across something special. With this Limited Release, the folks at Widmer Brothers began taking old bourbon barrels and using them to store and age their newest dark ale.
The result of this marriage of beer and a tinge of bourbon? A delightfully dark (and high ABV!), full bodied brew they're calling Barrel Aged Brrrbon. With it, they've taken Brrr, their winter seasonal brew, and given it a charge of hops during the secondary fermentation. Then it's put into Kentucky Bourbon barrels for four months of aging. You can honestly taste undertones of oak and the warmth of the Bourbon along with notes of vanilla and caramel.
Food Pairings: This is the perfect fall and winter beer. The hop profile balances the sweet flavors, so the finish is actually surprisingly dry. We think it'd be great with any pork dish or a creamy fall pasta. It'd also be fabulous to save for after dinner with a slice of pecan or apple pie.
Find Some: Barrel Aged Brrrbon is available in limited quantities on draught and in 22-ounce bottles in select stores nationwide.
Beer Details: Widmer Brothers' Barrel Aged Brrrbon, Limited Release #3 Fall 2010, (9.4% ABV, 40 IBU)
Have you had the chance to try this beer? How about any of the other Widmer Brothers Limited Releases?
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(Images: Megan Gordon)
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