Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale

A limited-edition collaboration between New Belgium and Knob Creek, Oakspire is a unique bourbon barrel ale aged with bourbon-steeped oak spirals and char from inside the barrel.

To bring this new offering to life, New Belgium’s engineers created a steel, missile-shaped vessel to provide a delivery system where Knob Creek Bourbon-soaked oak spirals and char from used Knob Creek Bourbon barrels mingled with—and added robust flavors to—New Belgium’s high-rye ale. This three-part flavor extraction process first included the harvesting of barrel char—the caramelized wood sugars that contribute sweet brown sugar and caramel notes to the beer—from used Knob Creek barrels.

Rounding out the bourbon character in the beer are Knob Creek Bourbon-soaked oak spirals, which were toasted and added to infuse secondary flavors of oak and spice into the liquid. Finally, the bourbon-soaked spirals and barrel char were added to the custom steel, missile-shaped vessel itself to influence the beer as it matured. The result is a beautiful, full-flavored amber bourbon ale with smooth notes of toffee, vanilla and caramel wrap up with a pleasantly warm finish.

Quick Notes

  • 9% ABV
  • 20 IBU
  • Nugget and HBC 472 hops
  • Pale, Munich, Caramel 80, Rye, Roasted Barley malts