If you’ve never had a beer aged with unfermented blackberries or “weaponized” with infusions of fresh-roasted coffee beans, now is your chance.
This week, Revolution Brewing will begin issuing the newest beers in its 2018 – 2019 Deep Wood Series. The first release—which will take place Oct. 19 at the Revolution Taproom (3340 N. Kedzie)—includes V.S.O.J., a two-year-aged version of the brewery’s barrel-aged barleywine, and Code Switch, a funky-sounding Imperial Ale made in collaboration with Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis.
“Barrel-aged beers are made to be big in flavor, aroma, and A.B.V to stand up to the rigors of a year in the barrel,” said Revolution Brewing Communications Manager John Carruthers. “Along the way, they can pick up caramel, oak, vanilla, and dark fruit characteristics from both the barrel and the aging of the beer itself” as well as pleasant boozy notes.
The Deep Wood brews will roll out in a series of four separate releases from October to January, and include a total of 10 different barrel-aged beers. They range from old favorites like Deth’s Tar, Revolution’s original barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout, to new variants like Deth by Currant and Boss Ryeway, a ryewine matured in Whistle Pig Armagnac barrels (see the complete list online here).
Revolution is one of only a few breweries to can barrel-aged beers and, in an age of “craftwashing” by the big guys, they still make all their beer in Chicago, between the original brewpub space in Logan Square and a production brewery and taproom in Avondale.
Now the largest independently owned brewery in Illinois and the 40th largest craft brewery in the country, Revolution has continued to experiment with new beers.
“We’re dipping our toe into Brut IPAs with the release of Brut-Hero,” said Carruthers, adding it is on draft now and will be coming to cans soon. “It’s brewed for a dry finish, with a sparkling effervescence that reminds you a bit of champagne. Brut IPAs are another example of how American brewers keep pushing the envelope to develop new takes on the IPA style.”
Revolution will also introduce two new beers as part of its “League of Heroes” pack—Cashmere-Hero and El Dorado-Hero, said Carruthers. Both are built around newer hops. Cashmere has big tropical fruit notes and a silky feel on the palate, while El Dorado is very juicy and fruit-forward, but with the kind of refreshing bitterness that offers a perfect balance.
More information on the Deep Wood brews and launch parties is available on Revolution Brewing’s site.