Backwoods Brewing introduces new series of wood-aged beers
February 15, 2017 - 6:49 AM- by Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog -
Backwoods Brewing Company is introducing a new series of small-batch, limited-release beers. The Hidden Stash Series will include unique, wood-aged beers available in both draft and bottled formats. The beers will be available at better beer retailers and at the company's Brewpub in Carson, Washington.
The first beer in the series is the Snuggle Up Stout, a bourbon wood-aged Russian Imperial Stout, which the brewery describes as having notes of bourbon, vanilla, fig, dark chocolate, toffee and roasted barley. Backwoods Brewing's Snuggle Up Stout clocks in at 12 percet ABV and 20 IBU.
“We’ll be launching the Snuggle Up Stout on Valentine’s Day,” said Kevin Waters, Brewmaster at Backwoods. “It’ll be on draft and in bottles only at the pub at first. We’re very happy with how this first beer in the series turned out and can’t wait for everyone to try it!”
“The complexity of this beer is amazing! By far, the best aged beer we’ve come out with yet. We tried some new tricks and just went all out on this brew, knowing it was first and foremost an experiment. We taste-tested the beer every day to see how it progressed. It got to a point where we decided it couldn’t get any better, so we brought in the bottling crew.”
“We’ve always wanted to be able to stretch our legs when it comes to creativity,” said Waters. “This allows us to have creative freedom, and give our fans something super limited and special to try. It’s a two birds, one stone type of deal.”
The second beer in the series will combine Backwoods’ Double Cutt IIPA with tequila. “We’re making a tequila wood-aged IIPA. The citrus notes from the IIPA should blend nicely with the smooth fruit and spice notes of the tequila. This will be our first go at it, so I’m sure there will be some complex flavors that we’ll discover along the way. That’s all part of the fun, though.”
Backwoods plans to release three different wood-aged beers per year. The third beer for 2017 is yet to be determined. The Hidden Stash Series will officially launch on Valentine’s Day, next Tuesday, February 14th, at Backwoods Brewpub in Carson. The Snuggle Up Stout will officially start pouring at 5:00 P.M., with bottle sales commencing at that same time.
About Backwoods Brewing Company - Backwoods is located in the heart of the Columbia Gorge, in the small town of Carson, WA. It was founded by the Waters family in 2012, as a single-barrel brewpub. They now operate on a 20-barrel system in their new Stevenson facility, making beer for both draft and package. Their focus is on balanced beers, such as the flagship Logyard IPA. Backwoods works with local producers to source their hops, grain and yeast. The brewpub in Carson is open daily, from 11:30 - 9 PM, and welcomes all ages.