A demonstration and seminar on barrels, aging, wood, adjuncts, and alternatives, to better understand how wood is used as an ingredient. We will discuss the various formats, species, toast and char levels that are available and explain how each compares vs contrasts. Attendees will leave with a better understanding on how wood aging affects their beers and which formats may be most beneficial and economical to them.
Speaker: Matt Albrecht, River Drive Cooperage
Bio: Matt Albrecht grew up in a family of woodworkers and craftsmen. Starting River Drive in 2008, he quickly focussed his woodworking skills towards wooden barrels; Seeking to improve and revitalize the nearly lost art of coopering. Since, Matt and his team have outgrown the 2 car garage they started in, and now run River Drive Cooperage and Millwork on an old 40 acre farm in scenic New England.