22 Oct Barrel aged beer is the new black… or at least this past week it was.
In the last week we filled some more barrels with beer, now to just let them rest in a quiet space in the brewery. For how long, we don’t know yet.
Barrel ageing is the new black 🙂
Since we started Beerbliotek, our goal has always been to brew new beer. But what if you could make new beer, without actually brewing it. That’s where barrel ageing comes in. You brew a beer and take 200 litres and fill a barrel with it. How long it stays in the barrel depends on which type of barrel it is, and what you’re aiming to achieve.
Most of the beers that we’ve barrel aged have been dark high alcohol beers. Stouts, Porters, Barley Wines, etc.
Our first barrel aged beer was our collaboration with All In Brewing called “Ales in Wineyland”, where we aged 200 litres in Bourbon Barrels. 200 litres of our Wheat Wine was aged in a Oak Barrel for 6 months. 140 litres of our Baltic Porter was part of a collaboration with Mackmyra Swedish Whisky, where we had two barrels of different Oak, one French Oak, the other Swedish Oak. Eternal Darkness and the Barrel Aged version in a can beside it, which we canned in the past month.
This last week we prepared some barrels at our Sockerbruket Sour Brewery and filled them with our base Saison beer and then pitched with a mixed culture of Brettanomyces and bacteria. We’ve not decided on how long the beer will be kept in the barrels, but it’s going to be in there till after Christmas at least.
We’ve still got a few barrels left and some plans for them, but nothing we’re going to reveal yet 😉
The evolution of Hip Hops
Hip Hops IPA is part of our core range, and although it is number 49, it has pretty much been with us since the start. This can be seen in the changes that the packaging has gone through. From our initial labels, to the new labels and design, all the way to a can.
It’s one of four of our beers that are in pre-printed cans. I personally prefer pre-printed cans, because of how they look, but we’ve been launching small batches of canned beers, which means we’re labelling them ourselves.
Hip Hops contains a combination of what we consider to be the current “Hipster Hops”. A clean malt profile of Pale Malt and Carapils leaves a crisp clean finish, allowing the hops to really shine.
Our first beer festival in Eastern Europe
As of today, we have beer in fourteen countries around the world. The last country to join us is Serbia, and also the first Eastern European country. There’s been a lot of interest from Eastern Europe and it looks like the Craft Beer Revolution has also spread to that part of the world.
The Carousel * First International Beer Festival will be held in Belgrade, Serbia from 29-30 October, and although we won’t be present in person, our beer will be.
Over 40 foreign brewers, more than 150 beers from 15 countries will share their experience of the past 20 years, and for the first time in Serbia, with the support of local brewers, will spin your senses.
Join us for a Beermaker’s Brunch at Tapasbaren in Gothenburg
Join us for a Vegetarian Beer Maker’s Brunch in collaboration with Tapasbaren. Beerbliotek’s Head Brewers Adam Norman & Richard Bull will bring along some matching beers for a five course menu. Don’t miss it.
Only 40 places available for this exclusive event, so it’s first come first served. See event’s page for more details and register to secure your place.
Come and say hi in Stockholm
Join us for a Tap Takeover at our good friends Katarina Ölkafé, where eight of us (brewers and the likes) will be present. The goodies that will be on tap will be:
Bobek Citra Peach Edition APA (First time served), A Passion for Strawberry Blondes, Berliner Weisse with Strawberry and Passion Fruit (New Batch), Eternal Dankness DIPA (New batch), Beerbiblioteket, if That is Your Real Name? IPA (New batch) and Single Hop Mosaic IPA (New batch)
That’s it from us for this week. Next week we’ll be brewing another collaboration with our friends at Stockholm Brewing company, and we hope to see as many as possible at all the event’s next week.
Take care, until next week.
Get some merchandise in our Webshop
If you’d like to get hold of the same Beer T-Shirt Richard is wearing then all you have to do is click the Webshop link in the menu. We have them in black and white, for all you beer lovers out there.
All in Beer Festival 4-5 November 2016
One of our favourite festivals is the All In Beer Fest. The reason? It’s just about beer.
We’ll be attending again this year, but if you’d like to attend, then there’s two ways to go about it. Buy a ticket, or enter our #FreshestCanInTheLand competition, where you stand the chance to win two entrance tickets.