A Pair of Iowa Breweries Are Adding Bourbon to Their Fall Release Beers - The Iowa Beer Blog

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

A Pair of Iowa Breweries Are Adding Bourbon to Their Fall Release Beers

The Fall harvest usually means cooler weather, rustling dead leaves and a celebration with a copper rich lager called a Marzen. The Bavarian tradition that brings us together every September and October that is Oktoberfest celebrates this very beer. If you're into your favorite brewery's social media accounts you've already likely seen a picture of their Fest, or Oktoberfest beer ready for consumption.

Millstream Brewing has traditionally produced one of the state's best examples of the Marzen. This year, they've decided to take their traditional German recipe up a notch. They put it in bourbon barrels. The ABV bumps up from 5.7% to 6.7% with its time soaking up the bourbon goodness. Millstream has this BA version available today in their Amana taproom and available in 22 ounce bombers to-go.

Octoberfest is still the most popular Fall beer but another style has become a Fall regular. Pumpkin beer popularity has fizzled to some degree but some still seek out the spiced, malty beer. Jackson Street Brewing has made both a Pumpkin Ale and Pumpkin Porter in the past. This year, they're releasing a Pumpkin Ale that has spent 1.5 years in a bourbon barrel.

That's a lot of booze from that long time in the barrel. Jackson Street's No Noggin Pumpkin Ale comes in at 5.5% ABV. I'd assume they bumped up the malts a bit before putting it away but expect big bourbon flavors from Jacked O Lantern. The beer releases September 1st on tap an in bottles to-go.

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