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If you have looked around at your local bottle shop lately, you have surely noticed an increase in the availability and variety of barrel-aged beers.

The tradition of aging beer in oak barrels goes back to the origins of the drink itself. Before modern stainless steel tanks and kegs were made available, beers were stored in oak casks, where the product would continue to develop flavor and alcohol. Some of these flavors were desirable, some less so, but many of the more desirable traits are still sought after today, leading to the creation of a variety of traditional and non-traditional barrel-aged beer styles.

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