In addition to our coffee, we at Little City also enjoy an occasional spirit. With this in mind, I decided to break out an old 5-gallon rye whiskey barrel that I’ve been saving for the right project. I acquired this barrel from the multi-award winning Balcones Distillery in Waco a couple of years ago and have since used it for aging beer - primarily a version of an old Lovejoys barleywine recipe, Old Vixen. Though Vixen was traditionally aged in Jack Daniels barrels, this one from Balcones was a far superior substitute.
By adding 5 gallons of our cold brewed coffee to the barrel, I am hoping that it will pick up notes of flavor from the barrel’s history - oak, smoke, vanilla, leather, and spice. These flavors should work nicely with the cold brew’s already present notes of chocolate and red fruit. We’ll keep you updated on its progress and if you have a cocktail recipe that you think this would work well with please send it our way. Cheers!