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Saint Arnold launches Bishop's Barrel specialty beer series.

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Saint Arnold Brewing Co. has launched the Bishop's Barrel series, a line of limited-edition barrel aged specialty beer that will only be available in on-premise accounts.

The first in the series, Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 1, is a Russian Imperial Stout aged for nearly 10 months in used oak bourbon barrels. The brewery acquired the barrels from Kentucky's Woodford Reserve distillery. Bishop's Barrel #1 shipped to bars and restaurants in Texas and Louisiana on November 5.

"We filled our first barrel in 2005, mainly for our own enjoyment," reported Saint Arnold founder and brewer Brock Wagner. "We slowly expanded our barrel program to a few barrels here and there, before beginning our barrel program in earnest at the end of last year. The barrels essentially become one more ingredient in the beer recipe adding both the character of the beverage previously stored in the barrel as well as flavors extracted from the wood."

Mr. Wagner said the Saint Arnold brewery now features a 2,000-sq-ft. barrel room housing over 200 barrels acquired from California wineries and Kentucky distilleries. Saint Arnold uses the barrels once before they are retired. "They make lovely tables or flower pots after that," Mr. Wagner said.

Aging is currently underway for three future Bishop's Barrel offerings, including Bishop's Barrel #2, which will be an Old Ale in Chardonnay barrels with cherries. It is scheduled for release in February 2013.
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Title Annotation:Stouts of different styles
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Nov 23, 2012
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