Weekend Tap Update Returns, With Good Reason!
So, Weekend Tap Update had been taking a long rest from the blog, but I couldn’t have picked a better Friday to bring it back. By sometime late afternoon, Blue 5 in downtown Roanoke will be tapping Firestone Walker Brewing’s Velvet Merkin – a barrel aged version of their highly thought of Velvet Merlin oatmeal stout – and in the form of a firkin on top of that! Here’s the description direct from the brewery’s page:
“This is our Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and it just won the 2010 and 2011 Gold medal at the GABF for barrel aged beers!!! This beer goes into the barrels as a roasty dark chocolate, coffee accented mild mannered stout and comes out transformed as a milk chocolate, smooth dark cherry, vanilla and coconut infused masterpiece.”
According to Blue 5’s facebook page, this is one of only four firkins (casks) of this beer to reach our state of Virginia, and they landed one. Not only should this be one incredible beer to taste…but how can you possibly beat the name… Velvet Merkin? Yes, I believe I’ll have one!