I stopped by Schooner Exact Brewery in Seattle for lunch today. I got to peek into the barrel room. Hoppy Holidays was tucked away a few weeks ago in a half-dozen bourbon barrels. When it reemerges in December it will be Hoppy the Woodsman! (See my review of both beers here.)
Schooner Exact has been barrel-aging Hoppy Holidays since 2008. This year’s Woodsman is aged in bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill Distilleries, a private family-owned and operated distillery headquartered in Bardstown, Kentucky.
In 2012, Schooner Exact expanded their barrel-aging program to an Imperial Porter and a series of Sour beers. Today, I tasted their Barrel-aged Raspberry Brown. A complex, tart and refreshing beer. To make sure the Sour beer yeast do not invade Hoppy Holidays’ barrels, the Sours are stored in a separate room at the opposite end of the brewery.