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2024 Honey Beer Competition

Best Made-with-Honey Barrel Aged Beer

Barrel aged beers have been on the rise in recent years, and brewers are opting for full flavors from the wood and adjuncts that go in these beers. Wooden barrels such as oak or pre-used bourbon barrels act as a vessel for the perfect combination of rich flavors like vanilla and caramel. When honey is added to the recipe, a delicious beer has been crafted.

All good things take time, and that includes barrel aged beers. This is a patient process, and with the correct amount of time ranging from weeks to even years, a barrel aged beer can satisfy any beer cicerone’s palette.

We know good honey, and these brewers know good barrel aging. A combination of the two is a match made in brewing heaven. Crack open a cold one of these brews, and you won’t be disappointed.

We’ve taste-tested quite a few honey barrel aged beers this year. 

Here are our three favorites.

No. 1

Foam Party

Tulsa, OK

An imperial stout aged in mead barrels with meadowfoam honey is a combination like no other. The confectionery notes of the meadowfoam is almost that of toasted marshmallow. There is a solid balance of flavors and a strong use of honey in this full-bodied brew.

No. 2

Brewers' Reserve Bourbon Barrel-Aged Honey Bock

Milwaukee, WI

Great balance and tasty! You can’t go wrong with a beer aged in bourbon barrels. The subtle, yet impactful hints of honey play a prominent role in the making of this beer. Rich notes of caramel and dried stone fruit accent the caramel and malt flavors.

No. 3

B'ourbon Barrel Aged Caliente Gingerbread Stout

Richmond, VA

Caliente is correct with an ingredient list of cinnamon, vanilla, honey and chiles! The heat of the chiles with the mix of the spices taste like a roasted, malt beer that goes down smooth. Don’t let the nearly jet black color ward you off — that’s just barrel aging done right, 26 months to be exact.

Do you make a barrel aged beer with honey?

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