Beachwood BBQ Releases First Barrel-Aged Stout; Bottles Go on Sale Today

Today, Beachwood releases its much anticipated 8 Buffalo Imperial Stout, the inaugural brew from the beer house’s 2014 collection of barrel-aged beers.

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 5.40.12 PMNamed after University at Buffalo Professor William Rapaport’s grammatically correct sentence—“Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.”—the 12% ABV oatmeal stout will be sold in 22oz. bottles for $25 a piece beginning at 5PM.

The barrel-aging program marks a new venture for Beachwood as it provides the brewery with the capability of offering beers that—due to space and time—would have been otherwise impossible in previous years. Having only been open for a little over two years, Beachwood simply didn’t have the time to brew extra beer to put them in barrels for a time period that often reaches 18 months.

This time last year, Beachwood released its first-ever barrel-aged beer, a version of its Scotch Ale Full Malted Jacket aged in Heaven Hill whiskey barrels. The beer won a bronze medal in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival last October. 

“We have a very small ‘program,’ with between eight to ten spirit barrels at any given time,” said Beachwood owner and chef Gabe Gordon. “We have very limited space in our brewery so we put them where we can in that space… The beer ages for around one year so it just took us a bit of time to have a product that was ready for packaging.”

The series is not set in stone, with Gordon emphasizing that dates aren’t being set more than determining when to release a beer by the way it ages. With only a handful of barrels, each release will be exclusive.

“It’s not a huge endeavor more than just a small addition to our robust line up of beers,” Gordon said. “It’s really the barrel that does all the hard work—we just get the benefit of tasting it often.”

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