• Barrel-Aged Stouts Have Gone From Curiosity to Cult Collectible Because Innovation is Expensive and FOMO Is Real

    1 month ago - By Vine Pair

    It's officially stoutseason. For some, that may mean simply shifting gears from session IPAs to darker brews. For others, it entails a crowded calendar of special events celebrating the release of sticky, sludgy, boozy barrel-aged beers. These coveted creations cost double, and sometimes even 10 times the amount of an ordinary stout.
    The elevated price tags are, in some ways, part of the appeal. Last weekend, thousands attended the 16th annual Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers in Chicago, where hundreds of breweries show off their rarest barrel-aged brews. Consumer tickets start at...
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