There’s nothing like beer straight out of the barrel.
This past Monday, I found myself back at Kelso Brewing Company, shooting some video with Kelly Taylor, Brooklyn’s beer maestro.
After we shorted-out our camera by sticking it in a steaming brew tank while I was inside power-washing grain like I was actually helping, we retired to the other side of the warehouse to lick our wounds. It was just around midnight, when Kelly turned into a gleeful child and showed us around his barrel experiments.
Recent additions to the brewery, he had former Tuthilltown whiskey barrels, Jack Daniels bourbon barrels, Heaven Hill bourbon barrels and brandy barrels filled with various beers. We chased him around with cups as he plunged his beer thief into the bung holes—see diagram above, you sick bastard—and pulled out a range of beer delights.
We started with a barrel-aged Imperial Stout, and then moved through two different versions of the Recessionator Dopplebock; one aged in brandy barrels, the other in former Tuthilltown bourbon casks.
It was an awesome time. Well, maybe not for our camera…please say a prayer for her recovery.