Happy Great American Beer Festival, friends and Squarrel lovers! This is an exciting time of year for everyone, from the parties, presentations, lunches, and beer releases, to the delightful and unique collaborations. We're delighted to be celebrating GABF with you!
Squarrel is lucky to be participating in SIX collaborations with some incredible local breweries! That's a lot of beer!
One of my favorite things about the Squarrel aging process is the sheer amount of variety that goes into each barrel. Since our staves are interchangeable, you can mix and match with whatever flavor works best for you! Local brewers are perhaps even more excited about it than we are, and have created some unique beers for you to try during GABF.
This week, our collaborators include Purpose Brewing, Black Bottle Brewery, Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, Snowbank Brewing, Weldwerks Brewing Co., and Wynkoop Brewing Company. Since that's such a mouthful, we're going to break it down into individual beers!
Squarrel Barrels at Wynkoop Brewing Company
Wynkoop Brewing Company is releasing a special Sour Stave Saison with some of our White American Oak, which should be a delightfully distinctive treat during your time at GABF. Here's the event on GABF's website, just remember it's available all week, in downtown Denver!
Squarrel Barrel on Wynkoop's bar.
Next up, we have a special surprise beer at Purpose Brewing! Wow!
Purpose beer atop a lovely Squarrel Barrel.
It's a Mongolian Oak aged beer, to be released on September 20th! It's a blonde mixed culture fermentation that is slightly sour, they describe the flavor as having "notes of "dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The tannin structure is more complex and earthy. Trees grow in a harsh climate and this oak is known as the 'holy grail' of Japanese whiskey barrels. The rarest of all, it leans on the brittle side." You can get it starting at 3 pm on Thursday, in one of Squarrel's hometowns, Fort Collins!
One of the brewers at Purpose, Peter, cheesing next to one of our very own Squarrel Barrels.
Weldwerks Brewing Co. is also releasing a distinctive beer of its own, it's a sake style lager that was fermented and aged in a Squarrel Barrel. You can find the event for GABF here, and Weldwerk's hours on their website, here! They're located in Greeley, so you can participate in GABF wherever you are!
A very sexy sake lager at Weldwerks!
Snowbank Brewing is releasing a Colorado Red, aged in one of our very own American Oak staved barrels! Go see them in Fort Collins, you won't regret it!
Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery is releasing TWO new beers this week in collaboration with us! First is their Oaked Wolf Pack Black Saison with Palo Santo, a very flavorful and distinctive wood that we offer. They are also featuring an Imperial Oak Aged Brut IPA with Palisade Peaches, which is a very distinctly Colorado beer. There aren't very many Palisade Peaches left this year, so why not try them out in Denver with your beer?
Here's that Peach Brut, still squirreled away in one of our Squarrels.
Last, but almost certainly not least, Fort Collin's very own Black Bottle is bringing you a maple wood aged beer, an American Oaked Pumpkin Spice Ale! If you're tired of the hot Colorado summer, come check out this autumnal ale that is sure to delight!
We're very lucky to be working with some of the best breweries all over Colorado, come celebrate GABF with us!
the trees lives and ours- past and future- are intertwined
life is a network, there is no nature or environment separate from humans
-the songs of trees, David George Haskell
each piece of wood gives itself to the spirit, beer, wine, all of its history & its experiences are all imbued into the liquid it touches
Don’t want to read 5 pages of website- well here’s a snapshot. Here’s what makes the Squarrel, the Squarrel.
We’re a group who cares a ton about wood. Like A TON.
And a we’re a group who cares deeply about what we’re drinking.
And we’re a group who loves the people and the process behind it all.
We’re basically just people for the ethical treatment of trees as natural resource.
Squarrels are square barrels. Clever, eh? They’re reusable and they’re customizable. Use them for spirits, use them for beer, use them for wine. Use them for kombucha or cider or coffee. Use them for chocolate. Use them for pickles or for hot sauce.
Squarrels are barrels, they do everything a barrel does. And ironically, their rigid structure is quite flexible.
The Squarrel happened because these 2 things happened: 1- the shortage of white oak meant there was a shortage of oak staves available for traditional barrel making. 2- there was plethora of unwanted/unused short oaks staves (consisting of the very same quality as those longer normal looking staves) being trashed by cooperages and stave mills.
Squarrel is designed to give you everything you need in a barrel while minimizing waste and maximizing our precious oak tree resource.
Yes, maybe we’re a bit tree hugger-y but guess what- we’re ok with that.
The Squarrel Situation
Its replaceable staves provide an infinite number of combinations of wood, allowing for myriads of flavor combinations. From different wood species to stave styles to treatments- every barrel is fully customizable and easily replicated at the same time.
It’s taking BYOB to a whole new level!
That’s ‘build your own barrel,’ of course. You can find more information here on our Customizability page!
From the traditional and tried and true, all the way to the experimental and progressive, Squarrel is here to help foster your creativity all while preserving our natural resources.
We love wood and all things wood related- and constantly experimenting and questioning and challenging the status quo is something else we love. So, stay tuned. Discoveries and experiments and all sorts of projects are headed your way.
Peace, love, and honor for the Oak,
The Squarrel Squad