New Realm Introduces 1st of 5 Barrel-Aged Series Releases for 20-21

New Realm’s Wooded Reserve series represents the true spirit of brewing exploration and harkens back to the original renaissance of beer spurred by the hardworking barrel makers; the coopers. Virtually every beer in the 1800s was barrel-aged, and it’s from this handmade heritage that their barrel-aged beers were born. Raise a glass to tomorrow, and to yesterday with New Realm’s first release: Barbados Rum Barrel-Aged Oaxaca Choca Imperial Mexican Chocolate Stout.

New Realm Brewing kicks off their 2020-21 Wooded Reserve Series with a barrel-aged version of fan-favorite Oaxaca Choca. The base-beer, an Imperial Stout reminiscent of Mexican-style hot chocolate, is loaded with cinnamon, vanilla, chili peppers and locally roasted cacao nibs courtesy of Xocolatl Chocolates in Atlanta, GA. The standard version was just released in October for its third year – and this year New Realm wanted to do something extra special.

The innovative brewers at New Realm aged Oaxaca Choca for six months in Barbados Rum Barrels and the finished product will have you running to your beer fridge – and stashing some away for vintage tastings for years to come. This beer is creamy, full-bodied, with notes of cocoa, cinnamon, and raisin. You’ll notice light burnt sugar notes provided by the rum barrels, while the oak is enhanced by the subtle vanilla in the beer.

“Oaxaca Choca was developed by Mitch’s team in our inaugural year, a beautiful Imperial Mexican Chocolate Stout that is always one of our most sought-after annual releases,” said Bob Powers, Co-Founder and Chief Sales Marketing Officer for New Realm Brewing. “We decided to age it in rum barrels to up the ante even further – now the oak, coconut, vanilla, and molasses rum flavors from aging in the wood, complement the chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and chili pepper notes of the original beer.”

New Realm Brewing will only be releasing a small amount of 500 ML bottles and draft in limited distribution with independent package retailers in Georgia and Virginia. 

Information: Barbados Rum Barrel-Aged Oaxaca Choca

  • Style: Imperial Mexican Chocolate Stout aged in Barbados Rum Barrels
  • Unique Ingredients: Chili peppers, cinnamon, vanilla, locally roasted cacao nibs, and lactose sugar
  • Specs: 10.8% ABV
  • Appearance: Black
  • Package: 500 ML Bottles
  • Distribution: Throughout Georgia and Virginia – very limited
  • Availability: November 10th

 2020-2021 Barrel-Aged Series:

  • 11/10/20 – Barbados Rum BBL-Aged Oaxaca Choca – LIMITED 500ML Bottles
  • 12/14/20 – Woodford Reserve BBL-Aged Imperial Brown Ale – LIMITED 500ML Bottles
  • 1/26/21 – Templeton Rye BBL-Aged Doomsday Hound Russian Imperial Stout – LIMITED 500ML Bottles
  • 3/9/21 – Barbados Rum BBL-Aged Imperial Brown Ale – LIMITED 500ML Bottles
  • 4/20/21 – Bourbon BBL-Aged Reserve Tripel – LIMITED 500ML Bottles

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