Town Hall Barrel Week

23Feb12

This week is Barrel Week at Town Hall Brewery! A highly anticipated event where each day features a different barrel aged version of some of their beers. All beers are aged in some kind of whiskey barrel, from classic standbys like Jim Beam and Jack Daniels to smaller producers like Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare. I went to the bar on Monday for the Buffalo Bock (weizenbock aged in a Buffalo Trace barrel) and found the beer to be quite nice, with banana and clove yeast flavors that were cloaked in a nice toasty vanilla oak shroud. I also stopped in Tuesday for Wee Jack (their wee heavy scotch ale aged in a Jack Daniels barrel) and was greatly impressed, with the beer showcasing smoky, oaky, and spicy barrel flavors to complement the fruit and leather notes of the base Wee Heavy. David, Emily, Rachel and I went on Wednesday after Beer School (at Republic across the street, check it out, it’s every Weds. at 5:30 and again at 7:00) to get some glasses of Twisted Jim, which is their Twisted Reality barleywine aged in a Jim Beam barrel.

 

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Twisted Jim glass plus bottles

For the first time, bottles of the barrel aged beers were available. Previous years had 64oz growlers available, but this year they went the waxed 750ml bottle route. Tickets had to be purchased to redeem for bottles, and I braved the cold to get some. Thank god for Android games.

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Daivd gettin' Twisted, seafood restaurant style

The bar manager and Tina the server gave us excellent, fast, friendly, service. For some reason, guys started playing bagpipes. It was great.

 

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More info from mnbeer.com:

Feb 20-25 BARREL AGED WEEK- Time for use to brush of the dust, spiderwebs, and pry open the cellar door…..creeeeeeeekkkkkk…………all beers will be released @6pm, growlers will be available of all but only by pre-purchased tickets (don’t worry I will send you that info in a follow up email)

Mon Feb 20- Buffalo Bock- Weizenbock aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel

Tues Feb 21- Wee Jack- Scottish style Wee heavy aged in JD Tennessee Whiskey Barrel

Wed Feb 22- Twisted Jim- American Barley Wine aged in Jim Beam Bourbon Barrel

Thurs Feb 23- Tumaltuous Rare- Wheat Wine aged in Eagle Rare Bourbon Barrel

Fri Feb 24- Barrel Monkey- Double IPA aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel

Sat Feb 25- Czar Jack- Everyone’s favorite barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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