Ranger Creek Releases First Beer Aged in Their Own Bourbon Barrels as Small Batch Series No. 4

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,553) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    SAN ANTONIO, TX, December 18, 2012 – As a combined brewery/distillery, Ranger Creek Brewing
    & Distilling can make products that no one else can. They have just released their most exciting
    beer to date – the first one to be aged in their own bourbon barrels - and they intend to brag about
    it pretty loudly. The beer is the 4th release in the brewery’s Small Batch series – a line of seasonal,
    single batch brews designed to be unique, interesting, and often experimental.

    Small Batch Series No. 4 is an Imperial Mesquite Smoked Porter aged in Ranger Creek Bourbon
    Barrels. The brewery took one of their year-round releases, their Mesquite Smoked Porter, and
    brewed it to 10% ABV. It was then aged for 10 months in their own Texas bourbon barrels,

    Rob Landerman, head brewer at Ranger Creek, describes Small Batch Series No. 4 as “carrying a
    sumptuous nose of sweet oak, mesquite smoke, dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow and vanilla,
    along with flavors of dark bittersweet cocoa laced with sea salt, smoke, vanilla, and caramel. Its a
    warming winter release that is heavenly to sip now, but it will also age and mellow nicely for up to
    10 years if stored carefully.”

    Beer aged in bourbon barrels is nothing new to the craft industry. However, Ranger Creek is the
    first brewery to use their own bourbon barrels instead of purchasing used barrels from a bourbon
    distillery. The barrels were first used by the brewstillery to age their Ranger Creek .36 Texas
    Bourbon, then kept in-house to age their beer. Small Batch Series No. 4 allows Ranger Creek to
    focus on their goal of showcasing the relationship between beer and whiskey.

    Each Small Batch release is made in small quantities, and there are only about 7,000 bottles of
    Small Batch No. 4 for all 27 million Texans. The brewery recommends that beer drinkers grab a
    couple of bottles so they can drink one and save the others to add to their collection. Small Batch
    Series releases are meant to age well over time and will cellar best in a dark place around 50
    degrees. Each batch is brewed and bottled by hand and undergoes a secondary fermentation in
    the bottle. Pour carefully so as not to rouse the yeast. Small Batch Series No. 4 is also available on
    draft. Only one batch each of kegs and bottles was brewed, so once the beer is gone it is gone for

    Continuing with the Small Batch theme, the label simply indicates “Small Batch Series No. 4”. The
    unique color, number, and QR code on each label identifies each batch, the details of which can be
    referenced on Ranger Creek’s website or by scanning the QR code with a smart phone.
    Small Batch Series releases are packaged in 375 ml baby Belgian bottles that are wax dipped to
    protect them from the elements during cellaring.

    Small Batch Series No. 4 is available now at fine Texas craft beer retailers in San Antonio, Austin,
    Houston, and Dallas/Ft. Worth. The Small Batch series has received critical acclaim since its
    release in April. Small Batch Series No. 2 was recognized by DRAFT Magazine as a top 25 beer
    of 2012. For Small Batch Series pictures, visit http://www.drinkrangercreek.com/community/

    About Ranger Creek
    Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling is the only combined brewery/distillery in Texas, proudly
    located in San Antonio where they handcraft beer and bourbon one batch at a time. They are the
    only microbrewery in San Antonio, one of a few combined brewery/distilleries in the U.S., and
    the only combined operation making both beer and bourbon. They focus on interesting recipes
    and use local ingredients from the state of Texas as much as possible. The company uses much of
    the same equipment to make both beer and bourbon, which is possible because in order to make
    bourbon, beer must be made first. They encourage visitors to San Antonio to sign up for one of
    their regularly scheduled tours and come by for a visit.

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  2. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Zealot (540) Nov 20, 2011 Texas
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    Drank one of these the other night. I liked it. Will probably snag a few more
  3. chaseabeer

    chaseabeer Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 Oklahoma

    Didn't Rogue do something like this?
  4. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    AFAIK Rogue doesnt make bourbon.

    do they?
  5. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Just rum, whiskey, and gin.

    I've only ever seen the whiskey in Texas (although I don't look very hard for spirits in general)
  6. mattisloco

    mattisloco Devotee (414) Feb 13, 2007 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Their gin also makes it here.
  7. jamescain

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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    I saw some and thought about buying one, but for $9/bottle I couldn't. I haven't liked enough of their beers to justify spending that kind of dough on a Ranger Creek beer. Then I remembered I have 5 gallons of the same thing sitting at home in my chest freezer :slight_smile:
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  8. Daemose

    Daemose Devotee (426) Oct 3, 2011 Texas
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    Uh. I got some of this last week and this shit is the bomb.
  9. jamescain

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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    cool story bro
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  10. greenspointexas

    greenspointexas Savant (928) Jan 16, 2011 Texas
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    No wai!? Ranger creek made another Small Batch? I thought this thread might be about the excellent parking at Ranger Creek

  11. Daemose

    Daemose Devotee (426) Oct 3, 2011 Texas
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    I thought it was good. Nice bourbon flavor. Better than BCBS in that regard, BCBS is too boozy. I'd buy more next time I into downtown H Town.
  12. mattisloco

    mattisloco Devotee (414) Feb 13, 2007 Texas
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    Didn't you like gotslandricka? Your palate cannot be trusted :wink:

    Wait ... seriously though. This isn't in any way shape or form better than bcbs.
  13. Daemose

    Daemose Devotee (426) Oct 3, 2011 Texas
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    Haha. Gots is an odd beer, but I enjoy it.

    I also like to eat Ketchup by itself, so maybe you're right. I'm not really a normal person. I've been told that my whole life pretty much, no matter where I go or what the situation is. :wink:
  14. mattisloco

    mattisloco Devotee (414) Feb 13, 2007 Texas
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    You creepy fuck.
  15. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    I don't care for smoked beers, but I will for sure be trying this is it comes up to Fort Worth
  16. Daemose

    Daemose Devotee (426) Oct 3, 2011 Texas
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    I didn't pick up much smoke at all.
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  17. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    That's good to hear.
  18. Daemose

    Daemose Devotee (426) Oct 3, 2011 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Yeah. just bourbony, deliclious. but by all means, don't buy any, more for me.
  19. Texas_Speed

    Texas_Speed Initiate (0) Aug 22, 2012 Texas

    I need to hurry up and get home before this is all gone.
  20. wagenvolks

    wagenvolks Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2005 Texas

    Very light smoke, good bourbon presence in both flavor and aroma. Best of the Small Batch series by far, IMO.
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  21. CoogBrew

    CoogBrew Initiate (134) Nov 25, 2010 Texas
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    Agree on best of Small Batch thus far and probably the best bourbon barrel beer I've had this winter. I plan on picking up a couple more.
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  22. Daemose

    Daemose Devotee (426) Oct 3, 2011 Texas
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    Stay away!
  23. ehsteve

    ehsteve Initiate (77) Jan 13, 2009 Texas
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    Made the awful mistake of drinking this with a cold, but still excellent.
  24. mhenson42

    mhenson42 Zealot (540) Nov 20, 2011 Texas
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    Drinking it on tap at Flying Saucer in SA right now. Best Ranger Creek brew yet IMO. It's no BCBS, but tasty nonetheless. I don't get alot of smokiness from it either.
  25. Daemose

    Daemose Devotee (426) Oct 3, 2011 Texas
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    nothing to see here, move along.
  26. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    Can't wait to try this.
  27. MStein21530

    MStein21530 Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2012 Texas

    We have it on tap at World of Beer Stone Oak. We did a Ranger Creek brewery night and have Small Batch #4 and Small Batch #3 on tap. Strawberry Milk Stout, DOS and Red Headed Stranger are all on as well. Really delicious brew.
  28. CoogBrew

    CoogBrew Initiate (134) Nov 25, 2010 Texas
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    But is there any left in Houston?
  29. TxUltraRunner

    TxUltraRunner Disciple (357) Aug 16, 2012 Texas
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    This isn't the beer you're looking for . . . waves Jedi hand
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  30. Daemose

    Daemose Devotee (426) Oct 3, 2011 Texas
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    Plenty. as far as i know, listen to Txultrarunner though.
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  31. CoogBrew

    CoogBrew Initiate (134) Nov 25, 2010 Texas
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    Beer? What beer? Wait... why am in this thread?

    BTW, stopped into Spec's on Richmond today and had them look it up in their inventory. All they had listed with any was Austin and a negative number for downtown.
  32. chocosushi

    chocosushi Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Oklahoma

    Dang. Shit. Sound bomb.
  33. squirrely2005

    squirrely2005 Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2011 Texas

    Is this seriously already gone? I'd be so upset. I have one through three right now.
  34. fragilehearted

    fragilehearted Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Texas

    Did this come to DFW? Anyone? I didn't care for small batch 2 or 3 but still would like to give this a shot.
  35. Heretic42

    Heretic42 Devotee (411) Aug 31, 2011 Texas
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    Lonestar has it. I got my #3 at Kegs, but I haven't checked there yet.
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  36. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Disciple (303) Mar 12, 2012 Texas
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    Ordered yesterday at Kings. Friday drop I'm told. They still have plenty of 2 and 3 as well
  37. kevinscott

    kevinscott Aspirant (227) Oct 21, 2008 Texas

    I doubt it's gone. You can find Small Batch 1-4 on the shelf of most stores in Austin.
  38. CoogBrew

    CoogBrew Initiate (134) Nov 25, 2010 Texas
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    Downtown Houston Spec's just put out two more cases.
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  39. BruceBruce

    BruceBruce Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2011 Texas

    DQ had it when I was there a few days ago
  40. Kiniey01

    Kiniey01 Disciple (393) Feb 3, 2007 Texas

    And they still had quite a bit today.
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