Beer: Silva Stout
Brewery: Green Flash Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.1 percent
It's a good time to own a whiskey distillery in America. Not only are sales of the brown stuff up close to 8 percent from last year and 36 percent over the past five, but you're also making money selling your used barrels to brewers, those nuts. There was a time that the U.S. law requiring "straight bourbon" whiskey be aged in new, unused American oak barrels created a surplus of used wood at distilleries, and in days past these were often sold off on the cheap or just given away. Those days are over. The resale value of a bourbon barrel has skyrocketed, and used barrels are in such high demand among American beer-makers that many distillers now have waiting lists.More »