Barrel Night At Mad Fox This Thursday

This week, Mad Fox Brewing will be having another cool special event (like this week's buy one get one free lunch offer). Thursday (March 20th) is Barrel Night featuring 5 limited edition barrel aged beers, meet the brewer, free brewery tours, and extended happy hours. Here's all the essential details.

My favorite part about this night is that these brews will be available for an extended happy hour. While it usually runs from 3pm-7pm, on Thursday it will extend until 9pm. Lots of time to try these selections at a $2 discount per drink.

The five barrel aged beers are the Cabernet Reynard, Cabernet H Street, Batch 100, Batch 300, and Oaked Wee Heavy. They are all high alcohol content so will be served in 12oz Snifter glasses. In the past some of these were priced at $6, so for happy hour look to spend around $4 per beer.

Official flyer via Mad Fox

Thursday will also give you an opportunity to meet the head brewer Bill Madden as he takes you on a special brewery tour with an emphasis on barrel-aging. The tours are limited, first come first serve, and you sign up in house at the front server table. Times for these tours are 6pm and 8pm and typically last about an hour.

Here are the brewer descriptions from previous iterations of these limited brews:

Batch 100: - Barrel Aged Based On The Batch 100 Strong Black Ale - Bourbon Barrel
This epic beer is a numerologist's dream - 100 specific gravity points, 100 IBUs, 100% Centennial hops and 10.0% ABV. Imagine the prodigal son of Black IPA and Russian Imperial Stout, aged in Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1999 Bourbon barrels. Our brewers combine the big hop flavor and aroma and sharp roast malt of a Black IPA with the smooth plum pudding malt and spirit warming of a Russian Imperial Stout. The Bourbon barrels add layers of vanilla, toffee, caramel and oak that increases the complexity to the point of absurdity. Our Batch 100 beer defies categorization, but it is an epic journey in your mouth.

Batch 300: - Barrel Aged Based On The Leonidas Batch 300 Ale - Bourbon Barrel

We took a different approach and took most of the dark malt character out and made this in the spirit of a rich West Coast Double IPA. English pale and crystal malts melded with German Cara-wheat, Carafa and Munich malts form a solid malt backbone. The kettle additions of hops follow with 100% American bred Citra hops to be followed by dry hopping with Citra and another favorite in the Simcoe varietal to lend a piney, citrus hop character to the juicy malt flavor. Enjoy this version now while you can and expect to see the rest of the batch in a barrel aged version in June. Cheers! 

Cabernet Reynard - Barrel Aged Based On The Reynard Black Saison - Red Wine Barrel
Our interpretation of Belgian inspired dark Saison brewed with over 8 different imported German and English malts and then gently hopped with German Perle hops. The beer was fermented with a French farmhouse style yeast strain to lend dark fruit notes with hints of cherries and currants that then finishes with a dark chocolate flavor.

Cabernet H Street -  Barrel Aged Based On The H Street Belgo Imperial Pale Ale - Red Wine Barrel
When the brewers at Mad Fox and the team of Granville Moore's got together to collaborate on a brew we knew it had to Belgian inspired. We chose the yeast strain from the Duvel Moortgat Brewery, malts from Europe that include German pilsen, Belgian biscuit and aromatic. Then we decided to throw a wrench in the mix utilizing the hop varietal from Austrailia known as Galaxy for both kettle additions and dry hopping. The result is very complex yeast characteristic melding with a very fruit forward hop. This brew also packed a surprising amount of malt that after fermentation weighs in at a robust 7.85% ABV. Proost Gezondheit!

Oaked Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged Wee Heavy (2011 description) - Whisky Barrel
Aged in Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye white oak barrels, Oaked Wee Heavy intensifies the sweet toffee and dark dry fruit characters while balancing the sweet notes with drying spirit and oak.