Summary of the event | Barrel Culture Invitational –

Brewing and mixing in barrels hosted its annual Invitational this weekend on Saturday, October 16 at its valve room in Durham, North Carolina. The festival featured 35 breweries and over 80 beers, including special bottles and magnum pours.

DDH Ghost in the Machine Parish
DDH Ghost in the Machine Parish

Barrel Culture Invitational 2021

The Invitational brought breweries from across the country together for a day full of fantastic beers and fun times for all. They also had food trucks on site including a vegan option, taco option, pizza option, and barbecue option.

Overall the event went smoothly with various areas inside and out for sipping beers and relaxing. Barrel Culture did a great job selling the right amount of tickets to avoid any excessively long lines or overly crowded spaces. Even a little rain in the afternoon could not dampen the spirits of all who were delighted to be present after a pandemic-induced disruption last year.

Burley Oak Jream
Burley Oak Jream

Best beers

Here are some highlights from the Barrel Culture Invitational, listed in alphabetical order:

  • Burley Oak Double Raspberry, Orange, Marshmallow Pie ​​Jream: Imperial Sour Ale with lactose packed on orange, raspberry, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar and nutmeg.
  • Maple wood Coconut with peanut butter and barrel-aged cuppa 2020: Imperial Stout. This variant is blended from Cuppa aged in Buffalo Trace, Heaven Hill and Weller barrels for 12 to 18 months. Packaged on cocoa beans, vanilla, coffee, toasted coconut and peanut butter.
  • North park Supreme Brunch with Thai Pecans and Bananas Aged in Maple Barrels Before Dying: Imperial Stout.
  • Parish Double phantom dry hopped in the machine: Imperial IPA with Citra hops. Parish also brought in bottles of Decade One, an Imperial Bourbon Cask Aged Stout that was spectacular.
  • Phase three Eunoia Lot 6: Imperial stout aged in barrel with Tugboat coffee, maple syrup and cocoa nibs from Ghana.
  • RaR Out of Order Runnin ‘Splash Punch: Fruity Sour with Rainbow, Orange, Raspberry & Lime Double Sorbet
Mortalis Magnum For
Mortalis Imperial Stout Magnum For

We look forward to Barrel Culture’s 2022 invitation and to see which breweries from across the country will be in attendance!

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