A new yearly release from Side Project Brewing will highlight what it means to be a non-adjunct, barrel-aged imperial stout.
Beer : Barrel : Time is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels that is meant to highlight the three things that make up the stout: the beer that was brewed, the barrels that the beer aged in and the time the beer spent aging in those barrels. According to the St. Louis-based brewery, beer from more than 50 bourbon and whiskey barrels was sampled, with the final blend being pulled from a combination of barrels that previously held Willett and Heaven Hill bourbon.
“Adjuncts are very popular right now (and we all know Cory loves adjuncts and loves brewing stouts with them!), but we feel as though before we start trying to produce larger batches of our adjunct stouts, we want what may be the first Side Project Barrel-Aged Stout that many of you try to be of its purest form, nothing hiding behind any integrated ingredients,” reads a post on Side Project’s website. “We want the vanilla, the coconut, the chocolates and all of the other lovely flavors found in this style to come from our process, our recipes, our barrels, our blending and our time.”
In addition, the release of Beer : Barrel : Time will be handled differently than most of the beers Side Project sells.
Instead of selling the stout on the day of release with a purchase limit that is based on how many people show up, this beer will be sold exclusively on the brewery’s website starting “this weekend.”
There will be a purchase limit of one bottle per person ($40), and the bottles can be picked up at different times at two different locations: 1-11 p.m. on Nov. 24 or Nov. 25 at The Side Project Cellar, or 12-7 p.m. on Nov. 25 or Nov. 26 at the brewery’s tasting room. There will be no proxies allowed.
Finally, Side Project will also be releasing Derivation Blend #8 for on-site enjoyment only at both locations during the above pickup times.