THE WALL OF WOOD
Virgin Oak infuses notes of vanilla and coconut on the palate.
In partnership with Barrel Builders, California’s oldest continually operating barrel cooperage, we have developed an impressive “Wall of Wood” in a chilled vault beneath the floor of the Brewhouse. The brewers keep this cooperage “like a man keeps his favorite mistress.” Among this wall-and-a-half of casks are at least fifty barrels of special release beers, conditioning in various types of oak that have been selected for the nuances each may impart. Virgin Oak infuses notes of vanilla and coconut on the palate. Those formerly used for Chardonnay or Jim Beam will pass on the distinctive characteristics of their “mother tongue” while conditioning. Hungarian, Ukrainian, and French oaks have their own distinctive profiles to add.