James E. Pepper 1776 Ale Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels

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Rated 98 on RateBeer.com.


Like most whiskey aficionados, we also love a great beer. And in particular we became very fond of barrel aged beers, which from time to time had been aged in our whiskey barrels! So, we decided to have some fun and make our own beer. We partnered with a great brewery (the Beltway Brewing Co. in Sterling, VA) and began "working" with their master brewer to create a unique recipe with a flavor profile that would develop best in barrels that previously held our award winning James E. Pepper 1776 Rye Whiskey.

No more than 30 days after our whiskey barrels are dumped in Kentucky, they are at the brewery being filled with beer. This ensures that every batch gets a big, boozy Rye whiskey finish and notes of toffee, chocolate, oak & vanilla. We do not have to to fill our barrels with water for 24-48 hours to seal them as many brewers are forced to do with barrels that have been drying out for too long (an unfortunate process that also removes some of the great whiskey flavor left in barrels). As we buy our barrels from the cooper to age our whiskey and then monitor that maturation process for years all the way up until we bottle our whiskey, we have complete control over the age and type of barrels we use and we think that is a big reason why this beer is AWESOME.

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