The annual Barrel Aged Week is coming up at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis. The Boreal Brewers have been attending part of this event for a number of years.
Barrel Aged Week is 7 days of beer releases, and the beers are so incredible that it’s hard to come up with something to top them. Barley Wines, Belgian Tripels and Quads, Imperial Stouts – all aged in a variety of whiskey and wine barrels; sometimes both. These beers have been quietly aging in barrels for months or years, and Town Hall releases about three each night over the course of the week. Most of them are on tap Friday, and more are released on Saturday.
The week begins on Feb 17, and ends on the 23rd. The Boreal Brewers head to the cities for dinner and massive beers at Town Hall on Friday the 21st, and repeat the gathering on Saturday the 22nd. By the end of the week, there are more than 15 barrel aged beers on tap, and they’re so strong that it takes two nights to be able to sample them all.
David Owens is setting up a private Saturday brewery tour for our club at Clutch Brewing in St Paul. For this tour and for coordinating the Boreal Brewers event in general, please sign up on our Survey Site .
Town Hall set up two dinners based on food paired with barrel aged beers. Both have completely sold out. Watch Town Hall’s website to see if they offer any more options!
Bud Cone has been working on Saison recipes, and arrived at a winner. Bud and the brewers at Rapids Brewing have produced a classic Saison, and named it Saison De Bud. It will be released at Rapids Brewing at 4 PM, Thursday February 13th.
A reminder. Dec 16, 6:00 PM, Klockow Brewing. See post below.
The Boreal Brewers showed up again with a large volume and wide variety of beer styles to share with the public. We worked as judges during the competition judging, and as always, learned more of the subtleties of beers, meads and ciders. We served up 30 difference beers and meads, including a vertical flight of Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stouts from 2009, 2012 and 2016. Chad served his perpetually stunning Imperial Ice Cream Floats. The demand for those burned through 3 gallons of vanilla ice cream. A number of the Boreals won prizes in various categories, and some doubled down on prizes. And the BBQ! Sampling top quality BBQ and top quality beers is one of the best parts about this annual event. Watch for it near the end of July 2020.
Don’t forget to read the post below about an upcoming meeting and membership dues.