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Cask-Aged Beer

In the days of yore, most beers would have been stored in oak casks, but with the advent of steel kegs and casks, wood and beer became estranged from one another. However, the flavours that cask-ageing can impart go very well with beers, which is why some brewers allow their beers to age in barrels and other wooden vessels. In fact, there has definitely been a resurgence of cask-aged beers among big name brewers and craft brewers alike.

The liquid that's been in the cask before the beer will impart some of its character onto the beer - this can range from whisky, rum, Sherry, Port and more. While there’s not really anything stopping brewers from cask-ageing any type of beer, it’s usually the stronger, more assertive beers like stouts, porters and dark ales that are matured in casks, as they can stand up to the flavours that the wood imparts. Fancy getting stuck in? Have a look at Harviestoun’s Ola Dubh range, which are matured in casks that previously held Highland Park whisky!

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The Bruery Arbre Light Toast 2015 Edition

75cl, 11.3%
The Bruery

This 2015 edition of imperial stout from The Bruery in California has been aged in lightly-toasted American oak barrels and is rich and bold with some subtle smoky roasted coffee notes coming through.  More info

The Bruery Arbre Light Toast 2015 Edition
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Woodfour Holding Pattern

38cl, 8%
Woodfour Brewing Company

A cask-aged sour ale from Woodfour Brewing in California. Holding Pattern has been aged in oak, though its influence isn't overpowering – there's still a good dose of citrus and stone fruit to enjoy…  More info

Woodfour Holding Pattern

Goose Island Halia

36cl, 7.7%
Goose Island

Another top brew from Goose Island, Halia has been aged in wine barrels alongside whole peaches, so you can imagine the fruity, berry-forward flavours that it's imparted to the farmhouse ale. Ought…  More info

Goose Island Halia
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Firestone Walker Lil Opal

38cl, 6.1%
Firestone Walker

A Belgian-style saison from Firestone Walker in California! This is Lil Opal, which was aged for many moons in a combination of both French and American oak barrels. A super complex brew that's…  More info

Firestone Walker Lil Opal
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Woodfour Tight Staves

38cl, 5%
Woodfour Brewing Company

From the Woodfour Brewery in California comes Tight Staves, a spontaneously fermented farmhouse ale which has been aged in oak barrels. Wonderfully fragrant and enjoyably funky, this should be good…  More info

Woodfour Tight Staves

Woodfour Tired Spirits

38cl, 5.5%
Woodfour Brewing Company

A fruity saison ale here from California's Woodfour, Tired Spirits has been aged for two years in charred American oak barrels from its neighbours at Spirit Works Distillery, which were previously…  More info

Woodfour Tired Spirits
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Wild Beer Beyond Modus VI

75cl, 8%
The Wild Beer Co

Behold Beyond Modus VI, the sixth edition of The Wild Beer Co.'s annual winter blend! It was first brewed as an English old ale, and was then separately aged in Pedro Ximénez sherry, Burgundy red…  More info

Wild Beer Beyond Modus VI

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