Portland’s Baerlic Brewing is releasing 2x WoodWorker Collusion 2017, i.e. two different barrel-aged versions of the brewery’s Dulce de Leche Russian Imperial Stout. Bottles of each were just released last Thursday at the southeast Portland brewpub and today, Monday, Nov. 5th, at the Barley Pub in NE Portland.
More from a press release:
Dulce de Leche…Say What?
BREWED WITH 120 POUNDS OF HOUSE MADE DULCE de LECHE
Thanks to a binge in the depths of the internet in 2017, we discovered the simple process of making the most delicious and gooey-est Dulce de Leche around—made by boiling unopened cans of sweetened condensed milk for 4+ hours until the sugars have caramelized.
After brewing and releasing a limited run of bottles and draft of in 2017, we laid the rest down in a blend of freshly emptied Old Weller Bourbon Barrels and a few second use Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon Barrels.
1) WoodWorker Collusion BBA Russian Imperial Stout
“And I say this, not in a braggadocios way, I have made
the greatest stout. OK. The Best”
WoodWorker Collusion – Dulce de Leche Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels – 10.5% ABVLIMITED to 130 Cases and available now in our Southeast Portland Brewery and Taproom – Releases at our Northeast Portland Beerhall and Food Pod Next Monday.Also available at select Portland are bottle shops, New Seasons and Market of Choice stores soon.
2) WoodWorker Collusion BBA Russian Imperial Stout with Coffee + Vanilla
“We have built a great, great, great stout. The coffee flavor is
huge, OK. Mark my words.”
WoodWorker Collusion Coffee + Vanilla – Dulce de Leche Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels – 10.5% ABV. Conditioned on Tahitian Vanilla beans and blended with Water Avenue Roasting Cold Brewed Coffee for a rich, but balanced for a Special Edition version of the regular.LIMITED to 100 Cases and available now in our Southeast Portland Brewery and Taproom – Releases at our Northeast Portland Beerhall and Food Pod Next Monday.Also available at select Portland are bottle shops, New Seasons and Market of Choice stores soon.
A few times a year, we design and brew beers destined to lead double lives—first as a brewery fresh beer and second as a beer that will be oak barrel aged for months or years at a time. This long and intimate contact with oak, once used to house wine or spirits for as many as twelve years, creates a symmetry and interconnectedness among the wood and the beer itself.
As the seasons unfold throughout the year, the humidity and temperatures evolve, and the history and flavors of each become one. This working of the wood and the evolution of this liquid and solid is the foundation for our ongoing WoodWorker Beer Series.