Barrel-aged beer is back

Barrel-aged beer is back

Barrel-aged brews create such a buzz that retailers are challenged to keep it in stock

For centuries, beer was made and stored in wooden containers. Today, most is brewed in stainless steel tanks. But some beer makers have brought barrels back to impart the flavor of oak, bourbon, cognac and port into inventive craft brews.

Retailers report strong sales of such products. The latest barrel-aged beer flavors have draft enthusiasts so enthralled, they literally line up at supermarkets when shipments arrive.

At West Des Moines, Iowa-based

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