Lacombe craft brewer looks to fund next brewing endeavour through Indiegogo

Taking advantage of the creativity afforded small independent craft brewers, Lacombe’s Blindman Brewing wants to try aging some of its beer in cognac barrels.

Aged in 3,000 litre oak barrels called foeder, co-founder Kirk Zembal estimated the beer will sit in the barrels for six months to a year before its ready to drink.

“We’ll taste the beer and it tells us when it’s ready to bottle,” said Zembal. “It will sit there for six months, up to a year, depending on the style.

“We like to push the boundaries here. We want to bring the best styles of beer from all around the world to Central Alberta.”

Blindman Brewing wants to purchase two of these barrels, used by winemakers for cognac in a previous life, to create this unique beer.

It won’t be cheap for Blindman to undertake this endeavour, so they’re asking for public assistance with an Indiegogo campaign. The goal is to raise $20,000 by Feb. 5.

Contributions to the campaign include rewards such as a voucher for the beer when it is finished, stemware, sniffers, taking part in a “how to open a brewery” web seminar and a chance to work with the Blindman team and learn hands-on what it takes to make beer.

While they won’t know what flavours the barrels will add to the beer, but Zembal theorized vanilla, honey, caramel flavours could be added.

“We have to taste it to find out what the flavours will be,” said Zembal. “We use bourbon and red wine barrels at our brewery.

“It’s a little darker than standard wine because it has been distilled.”

The cognac distilling process involves oak barrels and aging wine.

Zembal said they had tasted other breweries, in the U.S. and B.C., who had attempted something similar and were inspired to try their own hand at making the beer.

Blindman brewed its first batch of beer in September 2015 and opened their taproom in Lacombe later that year.

Just Posted

Driver crashes into Red Deer business while fleeing police

A car smashed through a Red Deer business’ front window while fleeing… Continue reading

Police informer talks about his role in Castor undercover sting

Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank were convicted of triple murders last month

City of Red Deer invites residents to Let’s Talk

Interactive public forum to be held April 7

Lessons in altruism learned by Red Deer students

St. Francis of Assisi School launches community foundation project

Sylvan Lake council approves fire pits and mobile stage

Large fire pits for group gatherings will be located on pier next winter

Sutter Fund Chiefs ready to host Midget AAA Female Provincials

The second half of the season did not go as planned for… Continue reading

Wickenheiser says strengthening Olympic hockey bridge behind North Korea trip

CALGARY — Hayley Wickenheiser was conflicted about the unified Korean women’s hockey… Continue reading

Watch: Volcanic thunder is real, and this is what it sounds like

Behold, the rumble of volcanic thunder. No, this is not the sound… Continue reading

Cosmetics giant L’Oreal buys Toronto augmented reality startup ModiFace

TORONTO — When University of Toronto engineering professor Parham Aarabi first began… Continue reading

Report: ESPN president resigned over cocaine extortion plot

LOS ANGELES — The former president of ESPN said he resigned from… Continue reading

Conductor Levine, ousted after sex abuse inquiry, sues Met

NEW YORK — Conductor James Levine sued the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday… Continue reading

Five things about ‘Fortnite,’ the video game Drake shared with his fans

Drake’s a fan, as is Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews, along… Continue reading

Former Devils forward Kovalchuk aiming for NHL return after five years away

MOSCOW — Former NHL forward Ilya Kovalchuk says he wants to return… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month