Piledriver is a Barrel-Aged dark Belgian-style Dubbel made with tart cherries and aged in wine and bourbon barrels with some wild yeast (unusual for Hopworks) that was tapped for a limited time at Biketobeerfest 2 years ago. It was tasting quite good then and has improved since. I last sampled it at Portland Beer Week's Barrel-Aged Beer Seminar last year, and the barrel character, wild yeast, and tartness had really melded well. I'm stoked to finally see this being released this Saturday.
After three years in the making, we’re releasing our Piledriver in bottles this weekend at a special dock sale at the brewery. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, we’ll have about 30 cases of the 750 mL bottles available for $12 each.
Barrel-Aged Belgian Style Abbey Ale
Piledriver began as Hopworks Dubbel Supplex Abbey Ale in 2009. We then aged it in four different bourbon and Cabernet barrels with sixty pounds of sour cherries and brettanomyces for eighteen months.