Alesmith Brewing Co. is changing the barrels that Barrel-Aged Vietnamese Speedway Stout is aged in for 2017.
The beer will remain a 13 percent ABV Russian imperial stout produced by brewing traditional Vietnamese coffee, known as cà phê sữa đá, with a phin-style filter that gently percolates water through ground coffee. However, according to a label filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), instead of the bourbon barrels that the stout has been aged in for past releases, the newest incarnation will be aged in rye whiskey barrels.
Barrel-Aged Vietnamese Speedway Stout debuted in bottles in 2014 after being a draft-only option and is one of more than 60 variants that uses Alesmith’s Speedway Stout as its base. In addition, the base Speedway Stout shipped in 16-ounce cans for the first time earlier this month.
As with past iterations, Barrel-Aged Vietnamese Speedway Stout 2017 will be packaged in 750ml bottles. An email sent to the brewery for additional information was not immediately returned.