When we last visited Louisville, Kentucky, we stopped by The Blind Pig, a fantastic gastropub in the Butchertown area just outside downtown. Not only does The Blind Pig hand-stuff its own house-made sausages, it offers a well-chosen beer list, including Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Served from a snifter, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is aged for six weeks in old bourbon barrels. Because the brewers don't know how much residual bourbon remains in the barrel and how much bourbon leeches into the beer, the strength of the the beer (ABV) is impossible to determine.
The result of the bourbon barrel aging is a unique sipping beer ideally suited to a snifter. The nose is without a doubt Kentucky bourbon, with a hint of oak and vanilla thrown in for good measure. The ale shines through in the taste, with a strong, warm finish.
Brewed in Lexington, about 70 miles east of Louisville, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is available nation-wide. If you like to try unique beers, and particularly if you're a bourbon fan, we encourage you to seek it out.