El Pinguino wrote: atomeyes wrote:
roland wrote:I was intrigued by the Barrel-Aged Plank Road Baltic Porter and was planning to pick up a few until I noticed the price.
$10 for 355ml ?! Good grief, I'll pass.
they didn't use bourbon barrels, which are supercheap. they also didn't blend it, so you're getting "cask strength" beer.
it's an expensive beer to make and i think the price is justified.
shame you didn't pick it up. it's a very nice beer, especially when it breathes for a bit.
btw, burdock's selling Bumo for $13/bottle. Toronto beer, toronto prices. if you're getting a barrel-aged bomber for $10, you might want to question THAT beer
Deja vu...swear I read that exact comment yesterday from a different poster.
Interesting about the bourbon barrels being cheap....as someone who isn't in the know....how do barrels rank price-wise...what is cheapest and what are highest? Is it simply because there are so many bourbon barrels out there? A cognac barrel would be higher....pinot noir barrels....tequila barrels...??
yeah. i have my jerk account (this one) and my pro account.
as i've said before, i've been helping muddy york out with their barrel program. Jeff's doing things nicely on his own now, but i give input every now and then when asked.
he isn't interested in bourbon barrels because of their ubiquity. so, think about how much bourbon there is out there and how it all sees barrels...there are lots of barrels to be had. in the US, you can get them as low as $50/barrel.
Cognac barrels are quite large and harder to get, so more $$. think they're close to $500 US a barrel. pinot barrels...you can get them from Niagara, but price varies based on wineries.
the cognac barrel was the most expensive one so far. its size means that beer takes longer to get to the sweet spot than smaller 200ish L barrels. so the beer is, theoretically, more expensive per litre due to the time involved and the barrel cost. he has some sherry barrels as well, which will be interesting and fun.
part of barrel pricing includes: evapouration (you lose a significant % of beer to the wood and to evapouration), the limited # of times a barrel can be used (around 6), the cost of the beer (high abv beer is inefficiently-made beer), the time to age, and the risk of a barrel resulting in shitty beer. plus, the rent for the space the barrels take up and the cost of barrel racks and a forklift to manage the barrels.
hope this explains barrel aging. it's tough and expensive.