Washington Post: Toast the Holidays at Seasonal Beer Tastings

From The Washington Post:

A week of tastings, samplings and holiday-themed events means Christmas is coming early for beer lovers. Here’s what you need to put on your calendar: You need advance tickets for the events at Birch & Barley, R.F.D. and Smoke and Barrel.

Sunday, Dec. 11

One of the brewing industry’s favorite trends in recent years: Beers aged in bourbon barrels. Brewers from Allagash to D.C. Brau have tried leaving beers in wooden barrels that formerly held maturing bourbon, allowing the brews to absorb the mellow vanilla, spice and char that the booze left behind. These beers are richer and sweeter than usual, making them perfect for a winter evening.


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