Introducing Three Barrel-Aged Exclusives
The 2023 season of our Brewmaster’s Collective beer club starts with a bang as we unveil a trio of barrel-aged member exclusives: Dad Bod Quad, Rye Chai Cha, and Rum Barrel Cocorado.
Now entering its third year, the Brewmaster’s Collective has become a fixture of creativity, collaboration, and innovation here at Firestone Walker, providing members with access to our most artisanal small-batch creations, as embodied by this first collection of the year.
This initial collection – called the “Parabola & Friends” – also includes the latest vintages of Parabola and Paraboloid. For now, let’s take a closer look at three new flavor-packed exclusives that round out the collection.
Dad Bod Quad – Belgian-Style Quad Ale Aged in Brandy Barrels
Inspired by the brewing monks of Belgium, this strong dark abbey ale was crafted with dark caramelized Belgian candi sugar syrup and a special yeast strain from a Trappist Monastery. We then aged it in California brandy barrels, which brought toasted oak, vanilla, and caramel layers to the beer’s already expressive profile of bananas foster, apple fritter, and caramel sugar.
Rye Chai Cha – Stout with Chai Spices Aged in High Rye Whiskey Barrels and Chocolate Bitters Barrels
Starting with a blend of two base stouts, this beer was aged for 12 months in high rye whiskey and chocolate bitters barrels, bringing gentle notes of graham cracker, milk chocolate, and vanilla to the flavor profile. Finally, we circulated the beer through traditional chai spices to create a spiced stout that is perfect for cold-weather sipping.
Rum Barrel Cocorado – Blonde Barleywine Ale aged in Rum & Rhum Agricole Barrels with Coconut
We gave our beloved Helldorado blonde barleywine an island twist by aging it in equal parts rum and rhum agricole barrels. While rum is distilled from molasses, rhum agricole is distilled from fresh-pressed sugarcane juice on the island of Martinique. The seaside island terroir creates expressive briny ocean and grassy cane notes that mingle with flavors of molasses, bananas, and pineapple. After aging, we circulated the beer through toasted coconut, doubling down on the beer’s delicious tropical flavors.
Simultaneous this collection, the 2023 Brewmaster’s Collective members received their “Welcome Kit,” which included Collective Choice, an ale that was aged in bourbon and chocolate bitters barrels and infused with maple syrup, Tahitian vanilla, and toasted hazelnuts – ingredients that were voted into the beer by existing members.
As Brewmaster Matt Brynildson said, “It took us 25 years to launch our first beer club, and now we can’t imagine life without it. It is not only enabling us to create some really interesting beers – it’s also fostering a deeper personal connection with our most passionate fans.”
Don’t Miss Out
If you want access to club-exclusive beers like these – plus special merch, pairings, savings, and more – sign up for alerts about enrollment for the next season of Brewmaster’s Collective here.