Rare Beer Tuesday holds a bourbon barrel trifecta

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For the first time ever, Rare Beer Tuesday will see the Charleston Beer Exchange gang throwing three bourbon barrel-aged beers onto the growler station at 5 p.m.

Barrel-aging is a process by which a brewery ages a finished beer in a barrel to impart new and different flavors to the concoction, the goal being a harmony of flavor notes between the beer and whatever used to be in the barrel.  The barrel could just be oak, could be a used wine barrel, or could be a used bourbon barrel.  The length of time the brew sits in the barrel becomes a big factor on the amount of barrel-ly goodness present in the finished product.  Too short and there's no point in even doing it, too long and you may have a "booze-bomb" on your hands.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to navigate among these three bourbon-soaked offerings and pick out a winner:



Charleston Beer Exchange loiters at 14 Exchange Street downtown.

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