Bourbon Barrel Aged Double ESB
Made by: Shipyard Brewing Co.
Location: Portland, Maine
Alcohol by volume: 13.2 percent
Bourbon Barrel isn’t just a catchy name. The beer starts out at 11.2 percent alcohol by volume when it goes into barrels, and after six months, it settles at 13.2 percent, said vice president of sales, Bruce Forsley. The barrels, which previously contained bourbon, are hit with a torch until properly “toasted.” The beer is then added and blends into a combination that adds smokiness of the barrels and the flavor of the bourbon.