Malcroys Brewing Barrel History


Here you can find detailed info on our barrel program.  Most barrels are small in quantity but big in flavor.


We have a unique view on barrels and how to use them. Our BourbRum barrels are the soul of our BourbRum barrel aged beers. We think we are the only brewery in the world that creates and uses BourbRum barrels. BourbRum is actually a blend of Bourbon and Rum. We create this blend ourselves and then fill our new oak barrels with this blend. After a minimum of 8 months (sometimes longer) we empty the barrel and store the BourbRum in another vessel. We then fill the newly created "BourbRum" barrel with beer and let it age for a period of time.
Once the beer is ready, we empty the barrel and refill it with the BourbRum. This gives use certainty that the barrel will not get infected as the BourbRum sanitises the barrel and also gives back a bit of the BourbRum flavor to the wood. 


And you can follow this progress as each beer will be a bit different depending on how often the barrel has been used.
The tannines will diminish with every batch of beer but we hope the tannine rich BourbRum will be returned in small amount to the barrel. 
This theory is not set in stone, it is a personal vision of ours, but future will prove us right or wrong. 


Current Barrel stock: 


α (alpha) Barrel  (BourbRum)

 alphabarrel
Our smallest barrel. The one that started it all.
15 liter (3.96 gallon) New French oak, lightly toasted

16/07/2019 : BourbRum (8 months on the barrel)

26/03/2020: Spirit Black Alpha  2 months B.A. (crowdfunders only release)
26/05/2020: Bourbrum (9m. on the barrel)
22/02/2021: Spirit Black (3 months B.A. 2nd fill)
21/05/2021: Bourbrum ( ongoing...)


β (beta) Barrel  ( BourbRum )

betabarrel
30 Liter ( 7.9 gallon ) New French Oak, heavy toasted

22/03/2020: Bourbrum (8months on the barrel)
16/11/2020: Spirit Black Beta  2 months B.A.
17/01/2021: Bourbrum ( BourbRum ongoing...)



γ (gamma) Barrel (BourbRum)

gammabarrel
30 Liter ( 7.9 gallon ) New French Oak, heavy toasted

22/03/2020: Bourbrum ( 14 months on the barrel, ongoing... )


δ (delta) Barrel

deltabarrel
30 liter (7.9 gallon) Chestnut

22/02/2021: Black Fuel ( Spirit Black on Laphroaig barrel stave cubes in the barrel)  B.A. ongoing...
22/05/2021: added lightly toasted american oak chips soaked in Laphroaig