Every Friday, to celebrate the great tradition of drinking real, cask-conditioned ale, Barley’s taps a firkin.
Technically a firkin is an old English unit of volume equal to about 1/4 of a barrel. At Barley's our firkins are just about 5 gallons. We dispence our firkins the old-fashioned way-by gravity. We tap the firkin with a spile on top to let air in and then open the faucet to fill your pint. Once tapped, this form of ale is extremely perishable so we only allow the firkin to be consumed for only about 40 hours. Luckily, many times the firkin empties in about eight.
Firkin Friday is our way of saluting the past and honoring the way beer has been tapped for hundreds of years. Come in every friday and try what we have on tap.
October 3rd, 2014
Barley's Centennial IPA with Columbus, Simcoe, Belma, and Calypso
Style Guidelines: An imperial version of Barley's Centennial IPA, it takes our flagship IPA to a whole new level. Respect the IIPA.
Rotation Schedule: We brewed this one to commemorate the coincidence of our twentieth anniversary and the 200th anniversary of our fair town. It remains to be seen when it will be brewed again.
Food Pairings: While hops can kill your tastebuds, they do make for some particularly good matches -- seafood made any way -- fried, smoked, boiled, steamed or broiled. IPA can enhance the spiciness of highly spiced cuisine, including Indian and Thai.
Grain: British Pale and wheat; American Victory
Bittering Hops: Columbus, Centennial and Millenium
Dry Hops: American Columbus and Centennial
Finished with: French and Hungarian toasted Oak
Original Gravity: 1.082
Estimated IBUs: 104.5
Alcohol By Volume: 8.5%
First Tapped: Firkin preview April 6, 2012; Tapped April 20, 2012 downtown