This small batch of beer brings new meaning to the term “worth the wait.”
Barossa Valley Brewing has announced a new line of stouts that have been aged in barrels for years, some since 2017.
The brewery first released limited edition, barrel-aged beers last year and won big in international beer competitions. This year’s much-anticipated new batch is set for sale the beginning of August.
The upcoming triple barrel-aged imperial stout is 11.7% and has flavours of French oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrel in which it was aged. Founder Denham D’Silva explains that, like the sweet flavours imparted on this most recent batch, the barrel-aging process often adds a unique taste to the stout; No two barrels are the same.
“The flavours depend on the type of barrel; The bourbon barrels give off a petey, smokey, charred flavour, and the shiraz can taste berry, cherry or even sour,” he says.
The stouts are aged in whiskey, fortified wine, or shiraz barrels for different amounts of time and blended before Barossa Valley Brewing releases their final concoction.
D’Silva says the barrel-aging process, which sometimes lasts more than 1,000 days, was inspired by their South Australian region.
“It made sense to take advantage of these amazing barrels in the Barossa. Around here with all the wineries, there are so many great coopers with the skillset to make great barrels,” he says.
While Barossa Valley Brewing’s restaurant, bar, and taproom are currently closed due to lockdown, the company is an essential business, so they are still able to continue brewing. You can buy their beers, including their new 1,000-day stout coming soon, online or at independent bottle shops.
Find them online here.
Outside of lockdown, find Barossa Valley Brewing at 2A Murray Street, Tanunda.