Beer notes: Hoppin’ Frog to release B.O.R.I.S. aged in Irish whiskey barrels

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Hoppin’ Frog Brewery is putting another twist on its award-winning B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout.

Two years ago, the Akron brewery created B.O.R.I.S. Royale by aging the beer in Canadian whiskey barrels. Now, Hoppin’ Frog has created B.O.R.I.S. Bairille Aois by aging the beer in Irish whiskey barrels.

The Irish whiskey barrels impart more whiskey character and provide a more buttery and crisper edge to the beer than aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels, owner and brewer Fred Karm said.

The limited release beer will be available in 22-ounce bottles exclusively at the brewery, 1688 E. Waterloo Road. Hoppin’ Frog will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for retail sales.

Karm — who declined to identify the brand of whiskey — said he expects B.O.R.I.S. Bairille Aois to be the biggest Hoppin’ Frog special release yet. Two food trucks, Wholly Frijoles and the Orange Truk, will be there Friday to help celebrate.

Bairille Aois, which is Celtic for barrel aged, will sell for $14.99 a bottle and there is a two-case limit per person.

Regular B.O.R.I.S. has won two gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival.

Speaking of Hoppin’ Frog, the tasting room and restaurant are getting closer to opening. Karm said he expects it to open “around July 1” — and B.O.R.I.S. Bairille Aois will be available on draft there.

“We’re really going to kick it out,” he said about the restaurant and tasting room.

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