By Guest Writer
on 8.31.10

Back in 2007 craft brewers were experimenting with aging beers in used bourbon, whiskey, and wine barrels. Odell, a craft brewing company based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, decided to take their experimentation to new heights and age their beer in new oak barrels. The result: the highly acclaimed Woodcut series that is now in its fourth release. After a few releases, which were all ales, Odell decided to go a different route and try their hand at lagers. The entire development process takes about a year to complete. Starting with recipe development and then allowing the beer to age in the oak barrels for at least three months, and finally bottling which may last up to several weeks.

“The oak offers a toasty vanilla flavor found in all the Woodcut offerings, but it plays differently with the lager.”

“Woodcut No. 4 is slightly dryer. It has a soft muskiness that is complimented by the dried fruit flavors and aromas,” says Amanda Johnson, head of Odell PR. “The oak offers a toasty vanilla flavor found in all the Woodcut offerings, but it plays differently with the lager.” With any bottom-fermented lager in contrast to ales, No. 4 also proves to go down quite smooth in relation to its predecessors. Perhaps all too deceiving as the Double Märzen style lager packs an 11% ABV.

Take Note: We’ve done some advance research on procuring and partaking in Woodcut No. 4. It is available in Odell’s nine state distributor region including Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Minnesota, Arizona, San Diego, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Ensure the aged lager is served around 45-50°F. Sip well.

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By Brett Prior