Beer, Wine & Spirits: Craft brewers breathe new life into an old tradition with complex, barrel-aged beers

Beer, Wine & Spirits: Craft brewers breathe new life into an old tradition with complex, barrel-aged beers

Now that craft-brewed beer—what we used to call microbrewery beer, until the “micros” that brewed it outgrew the term—has been around for a few decades, beer drinkers have grown accustomed to new flavors in their brews. The hoppy bitterness of an India pale ale or IPA comes as no surprise. Dark, roasty ales and lagers are far less intimidating than they once were. Even beers flavored with orange peel or coffee beans scarcely raise an eyebrow.

There is one new taste in town that’s

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