Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged Beer Collaboration with Perennial Artisan Ales

The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged Beer Collaboration #2
Read the full story of our barrel program - click here

Phil and Emily Wymore of Perennial Artisan Ales agreed to be our second collaborators.   St. Louis' newest brewery, Perennial, is getting ready for their official grand opening this Saturday (Oct 15).  The barrel is obviously in great hands.   Phil, before moving back to St. Louis, was most recently the head brewer for Half Acre in Chicago.   He obviously knows barrels also, after brewing at Goose Island, he became the manager of their barrel-aging program.

For our second collaboration, Perennial Artisan Ales has decided to put their Heart of Gold Wheat Wine Style Ale in our Knob Creek 9 Year Old Bourbon Single Barrel.  After tasting barrel samples of Knob Creek Bourbon, we chose barrel #66 as our favorite.

Above is the label for Perennial's Heart of Gold Wheat Wine Style Ale that is now aging in our Knob Creek Barrel. 
"Heart of Gold is a 10% wheat wine with a deep caramel color. It is very much an American-style, coming in around 70 IBUs. It has a rich caramel malt finish, and the bitterness stands up nicely to the residual sweetness that is typical of higher alcohol beers."

The Life of Knob Creek Barrel No.66
After tasting through our Knob Creek barrel samples, we chose Barrel No.66.   Old Barrel No.66 was chosen by us and our customers for its exceptional quality.   Knob Creek bottled it for us and now this great Bourbon is available for sale at our store. After evaporation, the barrel only yielded 174 bottles of this fine Bourbon.   Now it will start its second life as a vessel to age some delicious Perennial beer.

Delivering Knob Creek Barrel #66 to Perennial Artisan Ales

Unwrapped and ready to be filled

Official barrel number...
Head brewer, Phil Wymore, getting the barrel ready to be filled
Here we go....

Heart of Gold Wheat Wine filling up Barrel No.66

Looks full now
Marking the fill date....

And now we wait.   The barrel was filled on October 6, 2011.   Phil plans on leaving it in barrel for at least 6 months.  After 3 months it will be tasted monthly to see how it is aging.    So be patient as we will not see this beer until Spring of 2012 at all four of The Wine and Cheese Place locations and online.

How do you find about the release:
Watch our blog / facebook / twitter / or sign up for our emails to be notified of the release.

While you wait....
Starting this Friday October 14, you can enjoy two of Perennial's Ales.   We have our first shipment of Hommel Bier and Strawberry Rhubarb Tart arriving at our stores- click here to read more

Also Perennial's Grand Opening at the brewery is this Saturday -- click here for more details (I hope to see you there, I cannot wait)

Summary of The Wine and Cheese Place (TWCP) first four collaborations... 
#1 TWCP and Schlafly:  
Quadrupel aged in a Buffalo Trace Barrel 
(already in barrel since August 5, 2011)
click here to read more

#2 TWCP and Perennial Artisan Ales:  
Heart of Gold Wheat Wine aged in a Knob Creek Barrel
This will be Perennial's first barrel aged beer!
(already in barrel since October 6, 2011)
click here to read more

#3 TWCP and 4 Hands Brewing Co.:  
Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean aged in an Elijah Craig Barrel 
This will be 4 Hands' first barrel aged beer!
(should be put in barrel in November)
click here to read more

#4 TWCP and 2nd Shift Brewing:  
You get to choose which beer which will age in a Buffalo Trace Barrel
This will be 2nd Shift's first barrel aged beer.
(waiting for the barrel to arrive, should be 6-8 weeks)
click here to vote on the beer 

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