Since Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling is both a brewery and a distillery, it should come as no surprise that the brewstillery oftentimes uses barrels to age beer.
To that end, Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling has released the inaugural beer in its Texas Bourbon Barrel Series, Imperial Brown. The first release comes in at 10.9 percent ABV and was aged primarily in Four Roses bourbon barrels with additional aging in the San Antonio, Texas-based brewery’s own Rimfire and .44 Rye barrels.
“The Texas Bourbon Barrel series will feature limited edition beers aged in whiskey barrels, with a focus on bourbon,” explains a post on the brewery’s website. “We’ll use as many of our own whiskey barrels as possible, but we’ll also supplement with other bourbon barrels when necessary. As we grow, we’ll use less and less of other distilleries’ barrels and use all of our own barrels.”
Ranger Creek is somewhat unique in that it is not only a brewery, but also a distillery, producing three different spirits: .36 Texas Bourbon, Rimfire Singe Malt whiskey and .44 Texas Rye.
The Texas Bourbon Barrel Series Imperial Brown is packaged in 22-ounce bottles and while the initial release date of January 27 for bottles was delayed due to “lab testing”, the beer can be found on draft around San Antonio, Texas now. Both bottles and kegs will be shipped to retailers within the state of Texas after the lab testing is complete.
An email sent to the brewery asking when the bottles will ship was not returned.