Despite the fact that they've only been around for a few years, Side Project Brewing has quickly become the makers of some of the most sought after bottles in the craft beer universe. Side Project Derivation Imperial Stout — the breweries series of barrel-aged imperial stouts — are a great example, each taking a big, bold imperial stout and aging them in bourbon or rye whiskey barrels. Each clocks in at 14% or more, and has their own signature quality to help them stand out. Six blends have been released already, and each recipe, barrel and time spent aging, and special additions vary. Each batch of Derivation is a well thought out, decadent treat that's perfect for sharing at your next special occasion.
Nearly twelve years since it was first brewed, Firestone Walker Bravo Imperial Brown Ale is finally being bottled for the first time. One of the driest beers in the Vintage Reserve series, it's also a crucial component in the annual blending of Firestone Walker's Anniversary Ale and helps balance out some of the sticky sweet components. Clocking in at 13.2%, Bravo is also the first beer in Firestone's barrel-aged line to move to a 12 ounce size from the previous 22 ounce standard. This gives drinkers a much more reasonable serving size and price point to commit to with beers that regularly top 10% ABV.