Still riding a high after a 2014 vintage of Sasquatch won a silver medal at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, 903 Brewers in Sherman, Texas. is ready to release a special version of its most popular, and now award-winning beer.
Originally introduced in 2014, Sasquatch is the brewery’s imperial chocolate milk stout, and it’s a beer that’s getting the barrel treatment just in time for North Texas Beer Week. According to co-founder Jeremy Roberts, a recent batch of Sasquatch spent two months in barrels supplied by Balcones Distilling of Waco.
“The distillery’s barrels are really hard to get,” said Roberts. “They are small like us, so we were only able to get a limited amount of barrels for this first run.”
As for how the two Texas companies came together, Roberts says it all happened quite naturally. “We are huge fans of Balcones, and we met the distillers one Saturday at the brewery. They loved our Sasquatch, and the conversation quickly turned to how good we all thought it would be in their barrels. The rest, as they say, is history.”
At total of only 22 kegs of were made, meaning Balcones Barrel Aged Sasquatch will be available on a very limited basis during events happening as part of North Texas Beer Week. Additional batches are planned, though, with Roberts indicating that he hopes to get the beer into 22-ounce bottles for retail sale sometime in January.