The event regularly draws brewers and fans from across the nation for a celebration of all things barrel-aged. Organizers are expecting more than 90 breweries and well over 300 beers this year to enter the competition.
Sadly, tickets are already sold out for all sessions if you were hoping to go. (Though if you feel like making the trip to Chicago, ticket scalpers will likely have some passes for sale online and at the event.)
It’s also a fan favorite as barrel-aged beers are some of the most sought-after by craft beer fans. Many, if not most, barrel-aged beers fetch high prices and can be “cellared” or aged. The process can mute the “boozy” heat of the bourbon or liquor from the barrel and allow other flavors to develop, making for an even more complex beer.
The Tri-State is no joke when it comes to barrel aging. With Cincinnati’s close ties to the bourbon industry, many of the Queen City’s brewers have huge barrel-aging programs that include sour projects, bourbon barrels, rum barrels, wine barrels and more.