East Brother unwraps limited ‘Barrel-Aged Series’ for the holidays

East Brother unwraps limited ‘Barrel-Aged Series’ for the holidays
Photo courtesy of East Brother Beer Co.

By Kathy Chouteau

East Brother is rolling out a limited-edition “Barrel-Aged Series” just in time for some yuletide cheer.

The stars of the show? Two barrel-aged beers—the Russian Imperial Stout and the Belgian Tripel—which this reporter covered in my “A Few of My Favorite Things” column. East Brother’s Rob Lightner said the series is an ode to the brewers of yesteryear and honors the artisans who valued time and patience as much as malt and yeast.

Time and patience were, indeed, necessary in East Brother’s process, as both beers have been aged for a year in bourbon barrels.

The Russian Imperial Stout, 11.7% ABV, is described by East Brother as bold and dark, and featuring flavors such as dark cacao, coffee, toasted oak and bourbon. For its part, the Belgian Tripel, 10.3% ABV, fuses the Belgian yeast character with notes of vanilla, oak and sweet cacao. 

“This release is not just about introducing two exceptional beers; it’s about embracing the spirit of the holidays,” said Lightner.

The Barrel-Aged brews can be purchased for $45 in holiday gift boxes that include two 16 oz. cans with either the Russian Imperial Stout or the Belgian Tripel, in addition to a seasonal commemorative glass.

Click here to purchase the holiday gift box or pick it up at East Brother, 1001 Canal Blvd. in Richmond, beginning Dec. 15.