23 Nov Chapman’s Brewing Debuts Their New Vaulted Series of Ultra Limited Releases
Chapman’s Brewing Company is a northeast Indiana institution. They may have started with an apple cider ale, but most of us know them for the wonderful things they’ve done with their beers since then. They have taprooms in Angola, Columbia City, Fort Wayne, Huntington, and Wabash, and are integrated into the local scene with events, not the least of which is their Electrification Day Brew Bash in Wabash each non-Covid Spring.
Chapman’s RIOS (Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout) is a staple in Indiana, and their core beers sell extremely well across the northern part of the state. Beyond core beers, they have their “Roulette Series” of limited beers. Regional Sales Manager Zach White said of their Roulette series, “These are our limited release beers/seasonals that come out every month. Typically, we have one Roulette release per month, sometimes two. We typically make 20/40 bbl batches of these beers and about half of them are available in cans. These beers do go into distribution, unlike our new, ultra-limited, Vaulted Series.”
That new “Vaulted Series” is something special. While not all the vaulted beers may barrel aged, the first seven scheduled beers certainly are. I asked about the series and Zach said, “We’re very excited about this series of beers. As of now, we have seven different beers that will be released in the upcoming months with more beers coming after that. These first seven are all barrel aged for at least 2 years.”
Zach added, “Future beers after this won’t necessarily be barrel aged but will be extremely limited releases and just super cool beers we make along side everything else.” Super cool is a good way to describe Chapman’s beers – have you ever tried the bourbon barrel aged Austaras Baltic Porter – if not, you’re in for a treat.
The vaulted series will also be available as 22oz. bombers and Zach said, “They can be purchased through our online store (shop.Chapmansbrewing.com) or through the taprooms and won’t be going into mass distribution.” I admit that Walter and I really like to drink beer on tap, but with the holidays coming up, bottle releases take on more importance. If your family isn’t huge on craft beer, the chance to bring them something interesting could build a fan. And if your family (like ours) already loves craft, then this is a chance to bring something unique and high quality to the party.
Here’s the list of the first seven Vaulted beers:
a barrel aged American stout , 6.7% in Hotel Tango whisky barrels
a Barrel aged brown ale sour, 4.5%, in a hand selected combination of barrels
a Barrel aged Czech Pilsner, 4.65%, in Buffalo Trace barrels
an International lager, 7.5%, in Satek wine barrels
a Barrel aged Marzen, 7.7%, an a Buffalo Trace barrel
a Barrel aged dry Irish stout, 6.8%, in a Buffalo Trace whisky
a Barrel aged Russian imperial oatmeal stout, 10%, in a Woodford reserve barre.
The rollout of the Vaulted Series will start on Black Friday, with future releases coming at regular intervals. Make sure to support local and get as many of these brews as possible. Chapman’s is an Indiana institution; they know Indiana beer, and they know Indiana beer drinkers. Follow them and find their beer. It’ll do ya good.