Community Barrel-Aged Inspiration

A fairly recent newcomer to the DFW brewery scene, Community Beer Co. opened its doors in 2013. One of the special beers it did occasional releases of was Inspiration Belgian Strong Ale, which was named after the street the brewery is located - Inspiration Drive. This year they decided to do an interesting mix of barrel aging past your average bourbon barrel fare. The second release in their Barrel Aged Series takes the Inspiration brew, ages two thirds in bourbon barrels that were used to age its Barrel-Aged Legion, and then the other third in Colorado "craft" whiskey barrels.

Deep Ellum Wealth and Taste (2015)

If you're a craft beer lover who lives in North Texas, you may remember a time not so long ago when there were only a couple of breweries in the area - neither of which existed in the city of Dallas. To say things have changed in the years since would be an understatement, but the most recent renaissance arguably got its start in November of 2011. That's also when the Deep Ellum Brewing Co. opened its doors in the Dallas neighborhood of the same name, announcing to the world its intent to achieve "total beer domination."

Southern Tier Tripel Cafe

At first glance, the idea of adding coffee beans to a Belgian-style tripel might not seem like the most amicable marriage of flavors, but as they say, things aren't always what they seem. Craft brewing is all about experimentation, and with consumers constantly seeking out new tastes it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to see brewers trying out all manner of unusual ingredients.

Monks’ Tripel Ale Reserve

When first established in 2006, the Abbey Brewing Company of Abiquiu, N.M. operated the only monastic brewery in the United States on the grounds of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert. Although not certified as a Trappist brewery due to their production line being located outside of the monastery walls, Abbey Brewing's line of Belgian-style brews includes what might be thought of as the Trappist trio. That is, they produce an enkel/single, a dubbel and a tripel, otherwise known in this case as Monks' Ale, Monks' Dubbel and Monks' Tripel.

Chimay Grande Réserve 2012

Limited to a production run of just 10,000 cases, Chimay Grande Réserve 2012 is Chimay Blue re-packaged in a collectible bottle for the brewery's 150th Anniversary. While the crown is still the same blue one you'll find on regular bottles, a screen-printed logo replaces the standard label, with the old-style Chimay shield taking center stage.

Mikkeller Funky ⓔ ★

Most successful breweries that have started in the last 10 or 20 years tend to have a similar story. Start home brewing, become obsessed, take the plunge and open up a small brewery, continue to grow and start distributing your wares to a larger and larger number of people.The Danish duo of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller had a similar story in forming the highly regarded brewery Mikkeller but with one major exception: the duo skipped the step of opening up a brewery. While their beers are currently distributed to over 40 countries around the world and yet there is no actual Mikkeller brewery that can be visited.

Amarcord Ama Bruna

Amarcord Brewery was started by a group of friends in 1997 and was named after the 1973 Federico Fellini film. The film was based in Rimini, Italy which is where the brewery's office is located. The brewery itself is actually in Appecchio, which is listed on the bottle, and is about 70 miles south of Rimini. While there isn’t much more information out there about the brewery, the site does note that the brewery was originally located in Rimini, but was moved to Appecchio in 2008 when they started to expand and need more room.