In 2010, with barrel-aged beers gaining in popularity, Widmer Brothers Brewing joined in on the fun by barrel-aging its popular Brrr Seasonal Ale. Part of the brewery’s Brothers’ Reserve series, the Ginger Barrel-Aged Brrrbon ‘13 is ramped up to 10.7 percent ABV, features fresh ginger and is aged for several months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Upon pouring, ginger is quite prevalent in both its aroma and ruby-red hue, which is a departure from most dark winter ales. This is due to the several malts it is brewed with, such as Carapils, pale, caramel and dark chocolate malts. On the palate, ginger continues to dominate, complementing oak, vanilla and caramel flavors along with pronounced Bourbon notes. Influenced by the Northwest’s preference for hoppy beers, Cascade, Alchemy hop blend and the robust Simcoe hops add to this beer’s citrusy hop profile. Enjoy it now, but the complex oak, vanilla, caramel and hop character will continue to evolve even more when cellared.