Traveling Oak Imperial Stout – Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Exclusive for Yard House – (Paso Robles, CA United States) – ABV 14% – IBU 82 Black color with a nice tan head. Scent of oak, malt and you get the whiskey scent also. First sip starts smooth with oak and smoke then burns with a hard alcohol hit and then goes bitter. The hit is smoke is big on the back end. Every taste after that first gets a nice mix of smokey and oaky. When warned the smoke is stronger and dryer with a mellow burn. This one lived up to every bit of the hype! it got a 5 out of 5 from me.
From Yardhouse: Traveling Oak is an incredibly rare, barrel-aged beer imagined by our team and handcrafted by our friends at Firestone Walker. Take one of the world’s best imperial stouts and age it in oak barrels that have held both a world-class bourbon and mezcal. The journey began with two oak barrels in Kentucky where they held Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon for over a decade, allowing them to age and mature to perfection. From there the barrels traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico where they were filled with Del Maguey Mezcal adding layers of smoky fruit notes to the wood. The barrels were then emptied and sent to Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California where they were filled with Parabola Imperial Stout and aged for over one year. Parabola’s combination of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and molasses melds seamlessly with the bold bourbon character, smoky mezcal finish and oak. The result is an exceptionally delicious and unique beer that will never be made again.
New Glarus Brewing Company is based in New Glaus, Wisconsin. They have two breweries. The breweries are owned and operated by the husband and wife team Dan and Deborah Carey. Dan is the brewmaster and co-owner while Deborah is the founder and President. This is an amazing story of a couple working together for their love of beer and since their start in 1993 New Glarus has become one of the top breweries in the USA and the world. While their beers are only sold in Wisconsin by design they are heavily sought after by craft beer heads all over America.
I wish I could go to my local craft beer shop and buy bottles of New Glarus beers but I admire and respect their love for their state and dedication to stay local. They only use 100% natural ingredients and you can tell in every sip. The fruit beers they make are the perfect amount of fresh fruit.
I have been lucky enough to have met some people who have visited Wisconsin and brought New Glarus beer home. My wife is picky about beer but she now loves New Glarus Brewing.
New Glarus Brewing Company Beer’s I have had so far:
Serendipity – ABV 4% 4.9 out of 5 Sour Ale with Cherries, Apples and cranberries aged in oak barrels. This is my wife and I’s favorite New Glarus beer and one of our favorite beers of all time
Strawberry Rhubarb – ABV 4% 4.8 out of 5 Sour Ale with Strawberries and Rhubarb aged in Oak Barrels. This is a close second favorite so close it’s almost a tie.
Apple Ale (Thumbprint Series) – ABV 4% 4.7 out of 5
Cran-bic (Thumbprint Series) – ABV 6% 3.7 out of 5
Oud Bruin (Thumbprint Series) – ABV 5.6% 4 out of 5