Hill Farmstead Brewery operated by Shaun Hill in Greensboro, Vermont is one of the most highly praised breweries in the craft beer circle. Their beers, from juicy Pale Ales to tart oaky Saisons, are clamored for by beer geeks across the U.S.A and internationally. One of their more elusive beers, Ann (a wine barrel aged honey Saison), was recently released for only the second time in bottles since they’ve been in operation.
Oxbow Brewing Company out of Newcastle, Maine is a relatively new brewery to me. I’ve heard about them through various conversations and online forum postings, but only had the opportunity to try a few of their beers within the past month. I acquired a bottle of their Stillbow Oxtisanal, a collaboration with Oxbow and Stillwater Artisanal Ales. This is billed as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale aged in blueberry wine barrels for 20 months.
It’s Black Friday, or at least was, and Goose Island has released their 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout along with its variants. Mike is in town to join us for our early morning Black Friday drinking tradition. We’re sampling the beer that is said to be the original bourbon barrel aged stout, Bourbon County Brand Stout. If you’ve got one, crack one open and enjoy with us!
Goose Island has ramped up production on two yearly releases, Lolita and Juliet, their wine barrel aged Wild Ales. The increase in production also moved the bottles from 22 oz to 750 ml, giving them a look more akin to a wine bottle. Today, Mike and Shane are sampling Juliet which is fermented with wild yeasts and aged in wine barrels with blackberries.
The Blue Mountain Brewery in Arrington, VA has a “division” called Blue Mountain Barrel House according to them “focuses on the higher-end beers from Blue Mountain that require special processes, special ingredients, and a whole lot of patience.” From this collection comes their Sour Devil, a 10% ABV American Imperial Stout that has been aged in previously used bourbon barrels with added lactobacillus.