Oak and booze a great pairing

on 10/08/11 at 11:30 am

Beer

You have to love the things oak does to booze.

Bourbon springs to mind immediately. If you’ve ever stood in a warehouse full of white oak barrels, with bourbon scent wafting all around, you know what I mean. Clear liquor goes into the charred oak, and years later comes out a deep amber-gold that tastes of wood and leather and smoke and a million other things.

Oak can do lovely things to beer, too. Stouts, in particular, gain a great deal of character with a little time in a barrel — especially if that barrel spent previous years working its magic on whiskey.

Apparently, it works with India pale ale, too. That’s certainly the case with Rumble, an IPA from Great Divide Brewing Co.

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