Beer and Barrel

Micro-oxygenation in a wooden barrel – or why does my beer age in a maturing barrel? For a trained brewer of the traditional school it is a big psychological hurdle to put his freshly brewed beer into a wooden barrel, of which we told him before: « Your beer matures in it because it gets air! »…

Mizunara Oak

The Japanese Mizunara oak barrel The Japanese cooper tradition is not yet as old as the European one. However, Japanese are known for their long tradition of taking elements from a foreign culture and modifying them to suit your purposes. As always, there is a word for this « iitoko-dori », the unprejudiced adoption and use of…

Paxarette cake and pot

Paxarette Paxarette – or the « wonder bag » from the basics of sherry moss. In simple terms, Paxarette is a concentrate of boiled grape must of the Sancocho and Arrope varieties, which are reduced to about 30% of their original volume. Until 1989 it was quite common to round off whisky with Paxarette. The result was…

Lycka the lynx

A lucky day for the Palatinate Forest and two lynxes On 20 March 2020, we were allowed to celebrate a special day as patrons of a lynx. « Our » lynx is called « Lycka », the Swedish word for luck. She was released into freedom together with a conspecific named « Tarda » in the Palatinate Forest near Wald-leiningen as…

Barrel production

Handcraft like 100 years ago – how a wooden barrel is made At the beginning of the barrel production process is the wood. In our case, this is the German oak from the Northern Vosges, more precisely from the Bürgerwald in Annweiler am Trifels. Every year in winter, Markus Eder travels to the region’s timber…

Jim Beam Rye Select Barrel

It’s that time again: I am allowed to present a whisky barrel that we all don’t know yet. The Jim Beam Rye select barrel! Why is this barrel now different from the bourbon barrels that our portfolio already offers? The « forefather » of the Jim Beam brand When I started my research, I came across the…

Vat staves

Article creation in the barrel-shop.com On 05.02.20 a mail of my boss Markus Eder reaches me. We have cellared out several large casks at a cooperative near the Swiss border. Ankunft The staves of the large casks are well preserved and very suitable for furniture making. The original casks were stored for decades in dark,…

Barrel cleaner

The barrel – Part 4

Sanitary aspects – Barrel cleaning I would like to sensitize you to the hygiene and cleanliness such as care that a wooden barrel requires. Only if you – not often – but constantly care for the wooden barrel will you enjoy it for a long time. A new wooden barrel in the distillate coating is…