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The complete guide to whiskey and bourbon barrel char levels

Flames char the inside of a barrel that will be used to age whiskey or bourbon. Most barrel wranglers know that to legally call your product “bourbon,” it has to be aged in new, charred oak barrels. The same rule applies to straight whiskey, straight rye and Tennessee whiskey. The...

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This Chicago homebrewer proves you can barrel-age at home

Photo credit: Foreign Exchange Brewing via Instagram Ricky Cervantes is proof that homebrewers can make exceptional barrel-aged beers.  He’s also proof of what can happen with a lot of hard work, experimentation and a little bit of luck. Just last year, Cervantes and a couple partners started Foreign Exchange Brewing...

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