If you spend a few minutes perusing through any of the craft beer forums you will most likely come across a thread about having to pick your favorite brewery or pick your desert island brewery. For me it has always been a fairly easy question. Over the years I have become quite the fanboy for Firestone Walker and once they opened Barrelworks in 2013 it sealed the deal for me. With beers like Sucaba, Parabola and its anniversary series, Firestone Walker has set the bar pretty high so the idea of them producing sour beers really got me irrationally excited.
In 2012, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. introduced a new beer in its bottled Proprietor's Vintage Series[ref]Each of the Proprietor's Vintage Series beers were initially developed as a separate component for Firestone Walker’s annual barrel-aged Anniversary blend[/ref], Double DBA. As the name implies, Double DBA is the brewery's DBA (Double Barrel Ale) blend that has been brewed at double strength, using the same hops and malts, but double the amount. The brew is then partially fermented in a "union" of new American oak barrels before being aged for one year in bourbon barrels. The finished beer is then bottled without any filtration.
My introduction to bourbon barrel aged beers began much like my introduction to sour beers, with a brewery considered to be among the best in the world at the style: Firestone Walker. In this case that formative beer was Parabola, an impeccable bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout and I've been a Firestone Walker fan from that day since. Since that experience, I've made it a point to get my hands on and try as many of Firestone's annual bourbon barrel releases as possible.
In May 2014, the Firestone Walker Brewing Company announced that its Stickee Monkee beer would be returning, this time in bottles. According to a press release, which featured the line, "Hey, Hey it's the Monkee," the name of the beer is a mishmash of the Sticky Monkey flower, which blooms along California's Central Coast, a nod to Belgian monks and fanciful spelling apparently inspired by the pop music group The Monkees.