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Capitol Cider Inaugural Barrel Fest – yes, beer too

Capitol Cider doesn’t get as much mention on this blog as it deserves. Yes, it’s an amazing cider bar, with killer gluten-free food, but they also run an impressive beer program.  They just announced the Inaugural Barrel Fest, which will be starts on Thursday, July 2nd and features barrel-aged beers and ciders, mostly rare, hard-to-find stuff.

The event starts on Thursday and continues through the 4th of July weekend, with a special Barrel-Aged Brunch on July 4th. The Inaugural Barrel Fest takes over all 30 of the bar’s taps. According to organizers, this might be the first barrel-aged cider fest ever. It is certainly the first I’ve heard of around here. Still, for us beer lovers, the lineup is quite impressive.

Capitol Cider’s inaugural Barrel Fest

Cider & Beer Manager Jonathan Chambers has put together a barrel-aged cider or beer offering for each of their 30 taps starting Thursday, July 2. Two of these barrel-aged cider offerings were created exclusively for Capitol Cider for this event – a 21% Schilling offering served in a wine glass (details pending) and a Rev. Nat’s whiskey sour, 6.9%, made with Meyer lemon and makrut lime aged in a bourbon barrel.

Given Jonathan’s background in beer, this event is designed to appeal to the craft beer drinkers and also show the nuances in barrel-aged ciders along with the more familiar barrel-aged beer. We think this is the first barrel-aged cider fest possibly ever? But I don’t want to get carried away…

Here is the lineup and they have enough stock to last at least until brunch on the 4th of July (our Barrel-Aged Brunch):

Barrel-Aged Beers

Two Beers “High Divide”

Two Beers “Fall Line”

Odin “Dirty Jackhammer”

Schmaltz “He’Brew Funky Jewbilation”

E9 “Barreled Tripel”

Elevation “Montanya”

Black Raven “Pour les Oiseaux Wine Barrel Aged Saision”

Lagunitas “Scarecity #3:  High Westified Stout”

Lost Abbey “Red Poppy”

Barrel-Aged Ciders

Ace “Blackjack”

Woodchuck “Barrel Select”

Finnriver “Pomme & Stone”

Finnriver “Firebarrel”

Finnriver “Barreled Sour”

Finnriver “Oak and Apple”

Anthem “Gin Barreled”

Anthem “Blind Tiger”

Seattle Cider Co. “Westland Double Wild”

Seattle Cider Co. “Gin Barreled Gin Botanical”

2 Towns “Barreled Nice and Naughty”

Reverend Nat’s “Whiskey Sour”

Schilling “Barrel Aged”

Liberty “Stonewall”

Snowdrift “Cornice”

Moonlight Meadery “How Do You Like Them Apples”

Moonlight Meadery “How Do You Like Them Little Apples”

Millstone Cellars “Hopvine”

Millstone Cellars “Gingeroot”

MIllstone Cellars “Farmgate”

Millstone Cellars “Cobbler”

Wyder’s “Reposado Pear”

Nectar Creek “Barrel Aged Brett Session Mead”