July 06, 2021
Today, we are excited to announce the release of a new Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout - Generational!
A Side Project / Half Acre Imperial Stout, Aged in Buffalo Trace Barrels, for 2 Years - a collaborative riff on Beer : Barrel : Time.
Generational is our Barrel-Aged Stout collaboration with our dear friends at Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago Illinois. We have been a huge fan of theirs, long before Side Project ever existed, and to have the opportunity to spend the day 2 years ago with Gabe, Matt and Lee brewing up this massive stout, was one of my favorite brew days yet. We merged aspects of our pinnacle stout recipes - Benthic for them (but without the adjunct addition) and O.W.K. for us (but without any vanilla bean addition). The result is an unadulterated, non-adjunct Barrel-Aged Stout that we felt best represented the day we spent together and the quality of barrel-aged beer we had created.
The recipe was all malt - no oats! - which is very rare for the Side Project barrel collection. Something that the Half Acre crew brought to the table. The result is so awesome that we want to brew this recipe again to add it to our barrel repertoire for blending in future blends! We also loved how the base beer matured, and we didn't make the call to "non-adjunct" this final beer until it reached maturity. After 2 years in Buffalo Trace barrels, the blending began and we all agreed that the best way to showcase and share this with you was just as is - and with some barrels racked to Cognac for a future Double-Barrel-Aged version!
We hope that you enjoy this beautiful, straightforward, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout that we had the pleasure of brewing with our friends! We have been looking forward to this release and we couldn't be happier with how it represents both of our breweries and our attempts to become Generational establishments we hope to share with our families one day...
Generational packages will be released tonight, July 6th, at 8pm CST. They will be available for pickup as soon as July 7th, during our regular curbside hours at our Brewery location. You cannot pick up online orders at The Cellar. Proxies are allowed and we welcome emails to let us know when you are picking up, who you proxy is, and your order number to allow us to help you move through our curbside line as quickly as possible!
Again, THANK YOU all so much for your continued support of Side Project, our team, and our beers through this last year. We cannot be more happy with how our online system has been going and how we have been able to better spread our beer to all of you, from all over the world! Thank you to our friends at Half Acre for making this beer with us and we hope to return the favor and get up to Chicago soon to brew this beast with them!
Cheers and Thank You from the entire Side Project Team!