Westside Ale Works Imperial Saison Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels

Westside Ale Works

Published December 20, 2019

When Westside Ale Works made the move from one end of Alfred Street, in South Melbourne ,to the other, that change was driven by a need for more space. Other than being able to fit in more beer, taps and a canning line, Casey Wagner was also keen to find room to start barrel-ageing beers. Walk into the brewery today and you’ll see those barrels lining one of the walls, with each release in the series a beer aged in just one barrel to showcase the effect single casks can have on a beer.

The first release in that series is an imperial saison aged in rye whiskey barrels, and releasing such a big beer in summer seems likely perfect timing since it immediately brings to mind Christmas cake. The elements of a saison are all there, particularly the yeast-driven esters that are joined by a hit of vanilla and whisky before notes of raisins and cherries join the festive fun.

Will Ziebell

Barrel-Aged Saison
Westside Ale Works

36 Alfred Street
South Melbourne
VIC 3205

0448 644 977
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