The Binny's Blog Select a category:

Brophy’s Barrel


   Pat Brophy, spirits specialist at The Whiskey Hotline, has a one-liter wood barrel for aging spirits and beers. Right at his desk. That’s how geeked he is on this stuff. Follow along as Pat experiments with his wood barrel on the Binny’s Blog. -ed.


GOING IN: 1997 Laphroaig

   I have a 1 liter oak barrel that I will use for ongoing aging. This tiny barrel imparts flavors to spirits as they age – from the wood itself, but also from the residues of previous experiments. These experiments will cover whisky (of course) and also beer!

   First into the barrel was beer, a special black & tan, a 50/50 blend of Southern Tier’s Pumking and Great Divide’s Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. Both of these beers were poured from the tap at the South Loop Tasting Room. By the way, if you haven’t tried a black & tan with Pumking, it is a MUST. It also goes great with the North Coast Old Rasputin that’s on tap right now.

   After a week of age we tasted the blend. It was okay… incredibly woody, like we had stuck a 2×4 into our beer. The beer itself had such a strong flavor profile that it held up to the barrel fairly well, but it wasn’t the barrel character I wanted. I need more “spirit flavor” in my barrel-aged beers. Which brings us to experiment #2.

   After emptying the black & tan, I filled the barrel with an older Binny’s Hand Picked Laphroaig. A 1999 7 year old at 58% ABV, to be exact. I’m hoping to impart some smokiness to the barrel that can enhance the flavors of a milder whisky or an imperial stout. This will stay in the barrel for at least a week, and I will report back…

4 thoughts on “Brophy’s Barrel

  1. Len – Currently you can get small barrels like this at your local Binny’s! We have a stand-alone barrel by “Whiskey Works,” and also a kit from Woodinville Whiskey that includes the barrel, 2 bottles of spirit, and tasting glasses. soon we will have an “age your own” kit with a Midwest twist. Cedar Ridge Distillery in Iowa will be launching their kits within a couple of weeks.

  2. Not too surprising that it came out real woody–first usage of a barrel typically does. But everything subsequent gets that tastiness we’re looking for from the wood.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Create New List

List Info

Sign In

An email address is required.
Please enter your password.


Select Your Store


Shipping Your Order?

Use our Online Store


Select Your Store



Binny's offers shipping within the state of Illinois for select items. Our web site will not allow orders placed for shipment outside of Illinois.


Shipping/Store Pickup Options

Would you like to have your order shipped or would you like to come pick it up at a Binny's near you?
Ask Later »

Add To List

Login or register to use lists. Save your favorite products and share lists with friends.


Provide Feedback

We Appreciate Your Feedback

Location Warning

Unable to determine your location. Please check your browser settings or enter your zip code or city and state into the search box.