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.
September 19th, 2014
Barley's Blurry Bike IPA with Belma Hops
Style Guidelines: This is the second in our "Bike Series." (Black Bike Bier was the first.) Blurry Bike IPA may be the most refreshing IPA we brew. While we NEVER endorse drinking and pedaling, this beer won't slow you down. Much. Warning: DO NOT PUT BLURRY BIKE IN YOUR WATER BOTTLE! However, a growler does fit conveniently in most messenger bags. This IPA is brewed exclusively with Columbus hops for a citrus note that resonates clean and crisp. Go for a ride!
Rotation Schedule: rotated with our other IPAs as we see fit
Food Pairings: Barley's Veggie Pita (recommended with Gates of Hell sauce); mussels and steak fries; spicy Mexican frittata (on our new lunch menu); fish tacos; Jeni's macaroons. In a pinch, White Castles with jalapeno cheese!
Grain: British Pale and American 20 Lovibond Crystal malts
Bittering Hops: American Columbus
Finishing Hops: American Columbus
Dry Hops: American Columbus
Original Gravity: 1.058
Estimated IBUs: 79.66
Alcohol By Volume: 5.8%
First Tapped: October 10, 2009