SweetWater has been going extra hard this year with all of their expansion to more states up north and the launch of the Cork & Cage series—potent, experimental small-batch brews topped with yes, a cork and cage.
The first release of this series was
the excellent peach-infused The Pit & The Pendulum Wild Ale; this time around, my constant wishes of
them making a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout being realized. This silky smooth sipper at 11.2% ABV is a
good one! I had a taste last week during a private media preview. Now we can
actually bring a bottle home on Monday, October 6th. To confirm my
praises, come through to the brewery today starting at 1 p.m. SweetWater says, “The
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is a supremely rich, full-bodied imperial
stout laced with subtle notes of chocolate and bourbon, acquired while aging in
bourbon barrels.” I concur.
|The first Cork & Cage joint.|
“The brewery has played with barrel aging for special releases at anniversary parties, tours and craft industry events, but this is the first barrel-aged beer we’ve released for sale,” Nick Burgoyne, part of the brewing team that created the stout, adds. “This stout is ripe for the cooler weather – it has the burly and warming characteristics of bourbon; I imagine drinking it out of a snifter by the fire. Might even have to buy a proper smoking jacket for this one.”
Speaking more on the release party at the brewery, the first 100 early birds get a limited edition Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout snifter, plus there will be a S’mores bar and yes, the Atlanta Falcons game will be on. The admission including a tour and tasting tickets is a measly $10 a person!
For more info, visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com.
See y’all there!