If you are new to the Beer Scene you might not know about bourbon barrel aged beer. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Beer that has been aged in bourbon barrels giving it flavors of that remnant bourbon that once took up residence in that same barrel. Because bourbon is aged for years, and sometimes several decades, the flavors soak into the wood leaving their distinct flavor signature behind. When you use that same barrel to age beer, those beautiful hand-me-down flavors give an incredible depth to it’s new alcoholic vessel.
If you haven’t had a bourbon barrel aged beer, add it to your list of beers to try. You may love it. You may loath it. Either way, it’s an experience that needs to be added to your beer exploits.
Bourbon barrel aged beers aren’t the type you reach for after a long hot day of yard work. These are beers for chilly nights and dark chocolate desserts. Fireside chats and long conversations.
Among my favortites is the Barrel Aged Old Rasputin form North Coast.
For this recipe I used Angels Share by Lost Abby. An intense bourbon flavor that goes very well with this recipe.
Maple & Bourbon Beer Glazed Salmon
- 1/4 cup ponzu sauce
- 3/4 cup bourbon barrel aged beer
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- 1 tbs maple syrup
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1 tbs lime juice about 1 large lime, juiced
- 4 salmon fillets about 4 to 6 oz each
- In a bowl, add all ingredients (other than the salmon) stir until well combined. Add to a large zip top freezer bag. Add the salmon and remove as much air as possible before sealing. Place in the fridge, allowing to marinate for one to two hours, rotating at least once.
- Preheat broiler.
- Remove the salmon from the bag and place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
- Place the marinade in a pot over medium high heat. Boil until reduced and thickened, stirring frequently, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Brush the salmon with the marinade glaze.
- Place under broiler and cook until salmon flakes easily, about 6 minutes. Brush salmon with glaze several times during cooking.
- Serve over rice or pasta.