These freshly drained 5 gallon American Oak charred barrels contained Rye whiskey since 2019 from a leading distillery in Richmond, Virginia. They are perfect for adding whiskey barrel character to any strong beer, particularly stout and porter styles.
BARRELS ARE IMPERFECT AND REQUIRE MAINTENANCE - These are wood barrels, and by their nature imperfect. They will have stains and minor visual defects. To avoid leaks please read our barrel preparation instructions by clicking HERE.
Be warned - 6.5 gallon, not 5 gallon
Please be advised, fellow brewers, this barrel is not as advertised. It is a 6.5 gallon barrel - it took that much to fill it. With water to check for leaks. That means the 5 gallons of beer I made to put in it will have a gallon and a half of headspace over it, increasing chances of oxidation and infection. Nothing wrong with the barrel per se, but you will want to brew a six gallon batch for it. I sadly learned this too late, having brewed 5 gals before it arrived. I was immediately suspicious when I set it next to my other 5 gallon barrels and it was much larger. You’d think for the extravagant cost of these, they could at least get the sizing right!