Funky Buddha Brewery Establishes The Living Barrel Series

BA_VNikolai_22ozFunky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) recently announced the creation of The Living Barrel Series, a line of specialty barrel-aged beers “with a new, enlightened look.”

To celebrate the growth of their brewery and its barrel-aging program in particular, the folks at Funky Buddha have now designated The Living Barrel Series as their official playground for all things barrel-aged.  These Limited Release brews have been carefully aged in a barrel cellar that currently houses “over five hundred oak casks of all types.”  We are talking about “hundreds of Bourbon barrels filled with everything from imperial stout to double brown ales; saisons aging in Chardonnay casks; and a multitude of unique wine and spirits casks including rum, tequila, and even luscious Cabernet.”

“Like the spiraling growth of a tree’s branches, so too are these beers transformed over time thanks to the maturation exclusively in oak wine and spirits casks. Unlike the ageless timber, these bottles are only available for a limited time.”

The Living Barrel Series will launch in the upcoming months with the release of the following three beers:

  • Rum Barrel-Aged Pina Colada, an Imperial Cream Ale made with real pineapple and coconut and aged in Jamaican rum casks for months. **UPDATE** Release Info: Rum Barrel-aged Piña Colada will be released exclusively in the Funky Buddha Tap Room on Sunday, July 30. 22 oz. bottles will be $20 each. Bottle limits are to be determined. **UPDATE**
  • Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-aged Nikolai Vorlauf – an Imperial Russian Stout aged for nearly two years in Bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans added to the barrel. **UPDATE** Release Info: Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-aged Nikolai Vorlauf will be released exclusively in the Funky Buddha Tap Room on Sunday, July 30.  22 oz. bottles will be $20 each. Bottle limits are to be determined. **UPDATE**
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dread Pirate Roberts – Powerful and ruthless, this beer takes no prisoners. Barrel-aged Dread Pirate Roberts is a rich and roasty Imperial Stout blended with real raspberry, chocolate, and coconut then aged for months inside bold, Bourbon barrels.

 

 

Rum Barrel-Aged Pina Colada and Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-aged Nikolai Vorlauf will be released in the brewery’s tap room (and possibly see distribution throughout Florida as well) sometime between the “end of July and late August.” Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dread Pirate Roberts will be “released exclusively to . . . Imperial Club members in August, with any remaining bottles released to the general public thereafter.”  All three offerings will be available in extremely limited quantities of 22 oz. bottles.

Funky Buddha Brewery already has plans in place to release “2017 iterations of Morning Wood and Last Buffalo in the Park, plus a host of other surprises to come” as future offerings in The Living Barrel Series.  We will be sure to update you with more detailed information on these and any future releases in the series just as soon as we have it.  Stay tuned.  Prost!

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Funky Buddha Brewery Enters December with Plans to Release Three Limited Beers

unnamed-8Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has announced the release of three holiday, craft beer treats during the month of December 2016: Nikolai Vorlauf Imperial Russian StoutI’m So Excited, I’m So Scared Imperial Coffee Stout, and Last Buffalo in the Park.

Leading this month-long barrage of big beers from Funky Buddha is Nikolai Vorlauf.  Brewed with oats and lactose, this classic Russian Imperial Stout rocks a “thick body . . . complemented by plenty of complex chocolate, cocoa, and caramel undertones, before finishing on a balanced roasty note.”  In an effort to take “care of the locals and visiting beer enthusiasts,” this year’s batch of Nikolai Vorlauf will be available for purchase exclusively at Funky Buddha Brewery beginning on Tuesday, December 20.  This offering will be available in 22 oz. bottles for $10 each (6 bottle limit per person) and on draft.

Named after a scene from Saved By the Bell that really showcased the acting range of a young Elizabeth Berkley (click here to experience the awesome), I’m So Excited, I’m So Scared is the “ferociously coffee-d” variant of the brewery’s Imperial Stout and the second limited release to be featured in December.  Fueled by a massive coffee aroma and a shot or two of vanilla, thoughts of this 10% ABV “caffeinated queen” are almost guaranteed to keep you up at night. Once released on Tuesday, December 20, this offering can be purchased at the brewery in 22 oz. bombers for $13 each (6 bottle limit per person) and on draft.  After the official brewery launch, bottles of I’m So Excited, I’m So Scared will see distribution throughout Funky Buddha’s distribution area in Florida.

lastbuffaloFinally, Funky Buddha rounds off an incredibly busy month with the exciting release of Last Buffalo in the Park.  To create “this rare and highly sought after beer” that was originally brewed in collaboration with Delray Beach’s Park Tavern, the folks at Funky Buddha start by brewing an Imperial version of their Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter.  For added depth and complexity, the beer is then “aged in Buffalo Trace barrels for months to accentuate the vanilla and coconut notes.”  This very limited, barrel-aged brew will be released in 22 oz. bottles ($25 each, 3 bottle limit per person) on Friday, December 23.  Bottles of Last Buffalo in the Park will also see statewide distribution for the first time shortly after the taproom release.

The release dates for Nikolai Vorlauf, I’m So Excited, I’m So Scared, and Last Buffalo in the Park are just a few days away, so start making those plans now to ensure that you do not miss out on these limited brews.  Prost!

Vital Information for Nikolai Vorlauf Imperial Russian Stout from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited/Little Buddha Small Batch, December 20, 2016
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 45
Availability – Draft & 22 oz. bottles ($10 each, brewery only)

Vital Information for I’m So Excited, I’m So Scared Imperial Coffee Stout from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited/Little Buddha Small Batch, December 20, 2016
Style – American Imperial Stout 
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 40
Availability – Draft & 22 oz. bottles ($13 each)

Vital Information for Last Buffalo in the Park from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited/Little Buddha Small Batch, December 23, 2016
Style – Imperial Porter
ABV – 11.5%
IBUs – 40
Treatment – Aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels
Availability – Draft & 22 oz. bottles ($25 each)