Burke-Gilman Brewing introduces three barrel-aged beers

Burke-Gilman Brewing recently earned some very prestigious recognition for two of its IPAs, winning a gold medal at the GABF and also bringing home the Alpha King award. Read about that here. Now, the company has released a different sort of beer, introducing three big, bold, barrel-aged beers packaged in 500-ml bottles. This is last call: supplies are limited, so now is the time to order. Like, right now.

You can order the beers from the company’s online store. Or visit the taproom. Available in a convenient three-pack. Beer descriptions:

Sakhalin 13.6% ABV. Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. The bourbon is very forward at first, then, on about the third sip, settles into a nice complement for the roasty malt and chocolate flavors from the base stout.

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Kamchatka 11.3% ABV. Russian Imperial Stout aged in a maple syrup barrel. The brewery smelled like Saturday morning pancakes when we were bottling this one. (I don’t recommend putting it on your pancakes, but if you do that, I do want to hear the story.) Tastes like a decadent brunch.

Novosibirsk 15.1% ABV. Russian Imperial Stout aged in double rye barrels (we aged it in one, then transferred it into another!). This is giant boozy chocolate bar. It does not taste like 15.1%. If you leave one out for Santa on Christmas Eve, you may want to take the keys to his sleigh.

“We love our hops, but when it’s cold out, we really like to drink something big and bold and dark,” says Kenneth Trease, Co-Founder of Burke-Gilman Brewing Company. “We started working on this project last winter, brewing up a batch of our Russian Imperial Stout and sourcing a variety of interesting barrels to age it in. Last fall, we tried them all, and the whole staff voted on the three that seemed most ready.”

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burke-gilman brewing barrel-aged beers.

“I definitely think of myself as a hop brewer – I didn’t even like stouts much until I got here” says Phil Pescheck, Head Brewer. “But I’ve developed a real fondness for our version, and a chance to age it in all these barrels was one I couldn’t pass up.”

“We decided it would be more fun to sell a full set, so people could use it as a holiday gift,” says Bridget Lundquist, co-founder and taproom manager. “So, we found a nice box to put it in, decorated it a little, etc. We think it will look pretty nice under a tree. The Santa in our house would very much appreciate one of these bottles with the cookie you leave out.”

The whole staff chipped in with this release—brewing, moving barrels around, bottling, waxing, packaging. They’re very proud of it.

The brewery and taproom in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood has outdoor seating. COVID safety protocols are in place. Upon arrival, guest are escorted to an available table. The taproom is open Monday – Thursday 3:00 – 9:00; Friday & Saturday 12:00 – 9:00; and Sunday 12:00 – 8:00.

Burke-Gilman Brewing
3626 NE 45th St., Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98105


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