Thursday, November 6, 2008
This weekend is the annual Festival of Barrel Aged Beers. This event put on by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 dedicated to promote the development and expansion of the craft beer industry in Illinois. It’s a good group of folks and the event is a great showcase for barrel aged beer.
Our friends over at Goose Island, a brewing company that helped pioneer this practice, make a beer every year called Bourbon County Stout. This is a hefty stout aged in barrels that were previously used to make Bourbon. Since they only use these barrels once they offered other Illinois brewers the opportunity to grab their used barrels free of charge. We took them up on their generous offer and now have some of these barrels over here at our compound.
Our space was quickly filled with the smell of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout, so even though we’re not able to make beer at this location yet, there is the sweet smell of a great beer permeating the air. Thanks to Goose, and should you want to try some beer aged this way, then come on out to the event and get your hands on some of the best you’ll find.
Half Acre Beer Co