Although beer has been aged in wooden barrels for centuries, it was in the USA in the 90’s that some brewers decided to aged beer in bourbon barrels. By letting the beer aged for 6-12 months or more, it allows the beer time to soak into the staves of the barrel and bring out various complex flavours and aromas.
We are currently aging our Stout and our Christmas Ale in wine barrels that were used by Gemtree Wines for their Shiraz. The Shiraz would have been in the barrels for some years, and although we are unsure of the flavours that will impart into the beer we are confident the heavy full bodied style beers that we are using will easily meld with the oak and shiraz notes that the barrel will give off.
The barrels form part of a display in the Cellar Door at Goodieson Brewery, McLaren Vale, the first two beers that are currently aging will be released in 2017. The Stout in June and the Christmas Ale in December with more to follow.
Check back here soon for an update on how we are going… fingers crossed.
Ginger has been extensively used in both cooking and the treatment of common ailments for well over 5000 years. So has beer I hear you say. It is thought to have originated from the Indian Subcontinent and from there found it’s way around the globe. Besides cooking, ginger is also used to make herbal teas, motion sickness remedies and of course drinks both hot and cold. Ginger beer has been part of our modern culture for a long time now, so as massive lovers of all things ginger, we thought it was a great place to start.
This is the first beer that the brewers at Goodieson’s have created for what will become know as our ‘Small Batch Series’. This series will see beers move left of centre where we can explore what flavours and ingredients really do work well in beer. We have a separate 300-litre pilot fermenter and bright beer tank designed to allow us the freedom to experiment and have fun with beer.
We love our malt here at Goodieson Brewery that goes without saying, but by adding ginger, and nothing short of very fresh gorgeous aromatic ginger, you now get a great ginger hit on the front of your palette, along with warmth from the ginger. Not only has the ginger given the beer a kick in flavour, it has settled in to being a 6.7% Alc/vol that might also give you a kick. (Drink in moderation!) There is very little bitterness; the ginger and the maltiness have taken care of that.
Guaranteed to be small batch only this time around. Give us your feedback, if any of our small batch series get rated highly enough we might even think about bringing them into our permanent range. Check them out, you’ll love them too!
We have a limited release available online, so be quick!
Goodieson Brewery will be closed from 2nd July until 28th July for Annual Leave.