This week, a special blending session with the goal of recreating several of Firestone Walker’s Anniversary barrel-aged blends leads to an interview with the man whose idea it was: Stephen Parmley. Stephen waxes poetic on the emergent craft beer scene of the San Francisco Bay area over the last few decades, and his fascination with blending beer.
Guest: Stephen Parmley
Firestone Walker – the blending components:
- Anniversary XX – a Strong Ale comprised of various barrel-aged beer components.
- Parabola 2016 – a Russian imperial oatmeal stout aged for a full year in a blend of bourbon barrels from Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve and Buﬀalo Trace.
- Helldorado 2016 – a barrel-aged Blonde Barleywine.
- Stickee Monkee 2016 – a Belgian Quad brewed with Belgian candi sugar and aged in bourbon barrels.
- Velvet Merkin 2016 – an Oatmeal Stout aged in bourbon barrels.
- Bravo 2017 – an Imperial Brown Ale aged in retired American oak bourbon barrels.
- Rye Double DBA – an Imperial ESB aged in bourbon barrels and then moved into rye whiskey barrels for further aging.
- Kingdom of Dolls – a Sour Saison aged in white wine barrels.
- Shrine of Forsaken Gods (Jester King collaboration) – a Sour Ale with raspberries added.
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