Hey, I am production manager at Balcones. We have a pretty continuous supply of these barrels that we need to get into good homes. Havenít aged any beer in them myself, but all the beer iíve had out of these barrels has been nice.
We do make a variety of products (corn and malt whiskies, a rum-based specialty spirit), and the amount of use time varies, some were used for 6 months, some more like two years. The oak still has a lot of life in it, although the spirit flavors will probably be most pronounced in the first use and less after. The barrels are basically sterile and mostly leak free. We dump and try to get them out within a month or two, older than that and they start to have slight leaks and need to be wetted again to seal up.
We are selling them as pallets only, just because we donít have the time and staff to box up individual barrels all the time. We have close to 200 a month getting dumped these days. Pallets have 27 barrels on them, @$55 a piece, for a total of $1485 before shipping. Itís up to your shop or club to set up shipping from
212 S. 17th St.
Waco, TX 76701
Pallets are 40x48, 525lbs, class 70.
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Production Manager, Distiller