As the wine world moves away from barrels–few white wine categories are growing faster than “unoaked Chardonnay”–the beer world moves towards it. Craft beer and bourbon are cut from the same cloth in two senses: Before it’s distilled whiskey is essentially a rough beer; and they share a similar ethos that focuses on ingredients, bold flavours, and tradition. Makes sense that when distillers are fielding calls from people looking to buy used bourbon barrels it’s often a brewer on the other end.
The ones Nickel Brook’s Ryan Morrow uses for his Old Kentucky Bastard beer come from the Buffalo Trace facility in Kentucky. As I mentioned in the original piece on Postcity.com, Ryan’s intention is to keep his barrel programme growing at a steady clip. (more…)