Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Odell plans more barrel beers and tappings

Odell Brewing Bourbon Barrel StoutEverywhere you look these days, more and more craft brewers are turning to wood barrels to age and condition their beer in. While it may not be unique any longer, the barrel trend is still most popular and here in Colorado the drinking populous can't seem to get enough of it. Odell Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colorado is no stranger to putting beer into wooden containers either. Their recent Woodcut series of beers have been a hit so far.

Now Odell is continuing that trend by applying the wooden barrel to more of their beers. Coming up in September, Odell will host a tapping party for their latest brew - namely their Bourbon Barrel Stout. The tapping event will take place at the brewery on Labor Day, Monday September 7th at 1pm. No doubt this beer basked in bourbon barrels will be in limited supply, so if you happen to fancy a dark brew with a hint of bourbon in the aroma and taste then head on over to Odell. Below is their official news release on this beer:

[PRESS RELEASE] Odell Brewing Releases Bourbon Barrel Stout

Bourbon Barrel StoutFort Collins, CO – In September, 2009, Odell Brewing Company will release its Bourbon Barrel Stout, an Imperial Stout aged in oak bourbon barrels. Bourbon Barrel Stout was first debuted in the brewery’s tap room where it was only available in draft.

“We created this beer on our pilot brewing system for the tap room,” said tap room manager Jason Bowser, “We couldn’t keep it in stock, so we made it again. And after several repeats, the beer had developed quite a local following. It’s my personal favorite; vanilla, chocolate, with a subtle bourbon flavor...what’s not to like?”

Aged for four months in bourbon barrels from the Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky, the Bourbon Barrel Stout is a robust yet balanced beer. Roasted malts give it a chocolate and coffee overtone, and the oak creates hints of vanilla and caramel. At 10.5% ABV, this stout pairs well with smokey BBQ sauce or even rich desserts.

The Bourbon Barrel Stout will be bottled in 750 ml bottles with a cork and cage finish. It is the first offering in a new series of single serve bottled beers that will include an India Barley Wine, and an all Colorado hopped beer out later this fall.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of the Bourbon Barrel Stout during Bourbon Heritage Month with a tapping party on September 7th at the brewery’s tap room. Festivities begin at 1:00 pm with the brewer’s toast. Bourbon Barrel Stout will be available in the brewery’s eight state distribution region at a suggested retail price of $14.99 - $15.99 per bottle.

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Fermentedly Challenged comment: This won't be the only barrel beer coming out, Odell also let it be known in their latest August newsletter that they are also planning to release a Brett Barrel Brown Kriek. A sour brown fermented with a wild yeast and cherries. I have a feeling that beer will be a popular one and also in short supply.

Odell Brewing is one of the kings of small batch pilot brewing. At any given time in their tap room you can find at least a few test batches on tap that were made from ideas born from any one of their employees. Just take a look at what's on their pilot taps right now at Odell:

- Orange Blossom Honey Ale
- St. Lupulin (hops!)
- Ze Bolschivik Beet Ale (beets?)
- Nitro IPA
- Nitro Porter
- Rye'd on Rye Pale Ale
- Crismon Shenanigans

Live music will also be on hand at Odell's tap room on Wednesdays.

Related articles:
- Celebrating with Odell Woodcut No 1.
- Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout review.
- Odell officially breaks ground on expansion.
- Odell Blackbird tapping party video highlights.

This article came from FermentedlyChallenged.com
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