While all the delicious ingredients we add play an intricate roll in the flavors and aromas of the final product, Hops have always had a soft spot in our hearts. I think it’s safe to say that goes for most West Coast Brewers. We love the stuff, can’t get enough of it as a matter of fact. It seems like there is always some new IPA style on the market and we will dry hop just about anything. That got us thinking about how we can make the beer at BHBC even more unique by offering some choices with local, fresh ingredients.

We are happy to announce the first year harvest of our hops! We planted Cascade, Chinook, Amalia and Nugget hop varietals. They were harvested this morning and are drying and curing as you read this. Look forward to a special brew from this harvest and many more come as we expand this project! We wanted to share some of the pictures from our harvest day and thank all the Beer Society members who came out to lend us a hand… It probably helps that we bribed them with free beer… Hannah, pictured below, was bribed with juice boxes, which everyone agreed, were delicious.







Aug 19, 2014
Written by Gavin Warnock

Born in Belgium and raised in America, Saison beer is a welcome change in style during these hot summer months. In French the word ‘Saison‘ literally means ‘Season.’ It was a style typically brewed during the winter months to be cellared until the warm summers and enjoyed by seasonal workers or les saisonniers.” The higher temperatures in the summer months made it difficult for brewers to create beer that didn’t spoil while fermenting, since summer is the height of airborne bacteria activity. Thankfully, we live in the modern world and can brew/ferment a fresh summer Saison to be enjoyed by all right now!

Berry Session Saison

Berry Session Saison – Berry | Floral | Zest {UNFILTERED}
ABV 4.8% | IBU: 25 | S.G. 1.044 ~ Taproom and Select Draft Accounts

Our Berry Saison is the first release in our Forager Series. This line of beers includes ingredients hand picked by our brew staff for a unique and local flavor you can’t find anywhere else. We sought out wild blackberries and raspberries by the bucket to give this beer a distinct berry taste and compliment the farmhouse ales spice and zest. Fruity, dry and tart, this brew keeps you coming back for another sip. There are hints of floral, lemon zest and earthiness from the Saison yeast. Look for future releases under the Forager label and be sure to join our Beer Society to have first dibs on a bottle to call your own.

Harrass your local bartender and bug the manager of your favorite restaurant to carry this beer or any of our other finely crafted ales and make them available to you whenever you want!

Aug 11, 2014
Written by Gavin Warnock

Beer Society LogoIntroducing the BarrelHouse Beer Society!

It’s been our goal since day one to introduce a Beer Club. We love the idea and today it becomes reality.
Why should you become a member of the BarrelHouse Brewing Co. Society? Why not? Membership in the BarrelHouse Society offers something no other brewery on the Central Coast is willing to offer…your own key to the brewery. Not really, but pretty much as close to that as you can get. With our Barrel Aged Beer program up and running, our Sours ready for release and the debut of our Forager Series, this is your chance to be part of the everything BarrelHouse Brewing Co. has to offer.
BHBC Beer Society Sign Up

Space is limited and when it’s full, it’s full. Click here for a complete list of Society benefits and additional details.

We’ll see you at BarrelHouse Brewing Co. soon!

Aug 11, 2014
Written by Gavin Warnock

Last week saw a new addition to the BarrelHouse family, a pristine French Oak Foeder from a local winery. We are very excited, and you should be too, because this rare vessel will help expand our sour and wild ales projects which are headed by our Lead Brewer, Mathew Jacobs. The 2,000 gallon Foeder has long held Red Zinfandel and Cabernet wines, imparting a bright and floral red wine acidity to the 100% oak surface. These characteristics will pass onto each beer we brew for this awesome tank, so keep an eye out for what’s to come!

Here’s our version of ‘How to move a 2000 gallon oak barrel in 3 easy steps.’

Step 1: Loader’ up! Straps, next to dogs and cold beers, are a mans best friend…

Step 2: Don’t drop it!

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Step 3: Bask in its glory…

Aug 06, 2014
Written by Gavin Warnock

Reseravdo De RoblesBarrelHouse Brewing Co.  Releases Curly Wolf – Maple Vanilla Burbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. 
Introducing the first beer to be released in our Reservado de Robles Series. This oak barrel aged, limited release series is the canvas for our beer artists. Creamy and complex, this Imperial Stout was aged in 11 year old bourbon barrels for  8 months until the time was just right. We added fresh maple to the boil and whole vanilla bean to the barrels as it aged to impart sweetness and complexity. This beer is dangerously smooth, 100% barrel aged and 100% delicious!

ABV 9.4% | IBU: 58 | S.G. 1.086 ~ Limited release, Taproom, Select Draft Accounts, & 22oz Bottles

This beer is part of BarrelHouse Brewing Co.’s “Reservado De Robles” series so it’s incredibly limited and only available in small quantities of 22oz bottles and on draft at the brewery Taproom.

Curly Wolf Sales Sheet

Aug 01, 2014
Written by Chris