Finally a Beer Release Party!
This is the post I've been waiting to release and hopefully you've been waiting to see! Bryon Pyka at 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, Oregon received the Copperworks Distilling whiskey barrel I used to age Batch #3 of Lucille's Barrel-Aged Gourmet Honey. He was excited to try something different and make a beer that could take on the added flavor profiles of charred oak and honey. The beer has been slowly aging in the whiskey barrel and now it's ready to be put into kegs and enjoyed (my favorite part!).
I asked Bryon to describe the beer that he created for this limited edition.
"So the base beer is a Berliner Weisse, which is a traditional German sour wheat beer. It’s a pale colored, firmly tart beer. After it was filled to barrels, it underwent a second fermentation (presumably from wild yeast native to the honey), which increased the fruitiness of the beer, added a slight earthiness, and dried out the beer, which also kicked up the ABV(~8% - still need to test it). The honey and oak character in the beer is present but not overwhelming. I haven’t added chamomile just yet but it should be a light contribution that adds a mellow tea-like character and softens the acidity."
Since this is a small batch, the release will be at 10 Barrel Brewing's Eastside Pub facility in Bend, OR. They are holding a small farmers market every Thursday starting May 13th and going through the summer. So we're setting up a booth at the market and bringing down some of Lucille's Gourmet Honey to sell right next to the booth with the beer! How cool is that? Batch 3 is sold out, but I managed to set three jars aside that we will raffle off during the market.
I know it's a long drive for most of the Washington Lucille's fans, but if you can make it be sure to swing by the booth and say howdy! I might bring back a couple of growlers of Bee-rliner Weisse to share at the next beer release party, you never know. Stay tuned for information on Batch 4 Release Party, it's coming very soon and will be in Auburn, WA.