The Effects of Charring Oak Barrels

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From those just getting into the home brewing and distilling scene, one of the most common questions we hear is, “Why are whiskey barrels charred?” Some historians think the charring process could have stemmed from distillers reusing old barrels that once stored pig parts or fish. The barrels would have been burnt to avoid a… Read more »

Great Father’s Day Whiskey Gifts

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With Father’s Day approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift to show your love and appreciation. Traditional Father’s Day gifts include ties, coffee mugs, golf clubs, or maybe even a hat that reads, “Worlds #1 Dad.” However, if you’re looking for something beyond the ordinary, consider turning to the whiskey industry. In… Read more »

The History of Barrels and Alcohol

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Flour, nails, and wine might not seem to have anything in common with each other, but all three have been transported via barrels at some point throughout history. Since their inception nearly three thousand years ago, wooden barrels have been used to store and transport all manner of goods. However, with the advent of more… Read more »

The History of Cooperage

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Cooperage is the process of creating wooden barrels, casks, and similar items. The word itself dates back to Middle English around 1350 and 1400; however, the barrel and cask creation process dates back much further than that. The Origin of Cooperage The first recorded instance of casks or barrels occurred in the Roman Empire before… Read more »

Whiskey Barrel Storage

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Whisky barrels serve an important purpose in the flavor profile of your favorite brew. Barrel aging has many factors that make each batch of whiskey unique. Barrel aging improves flavor profile and adds flavors like vanilla, oak, and various fruits. When again brews, wine, and spirits in wooden barrels, storage methods can alter flavor, the length of… Read more »