Many of the microdistillers producing whisky got their inspiration from the craft brewing boom of the last 15 years, and more craft brewers are being inspired to use whisky barrels to age their beers. Greg Hall of Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company has been making bourbon barrel-aged stout for years, while newcomers like James Watt of Scotland’s BrewDog Brewery and Christopher Bird of the Lexington Brewing Company are producing their own variations on the concept. In the news, GlenDronach outlines its plans for 2009 under Billy Walker’s leadership and Kilchoman starts teasing us with plans to release its first single malt.

Links:  Goose Island Beer Company | BrewDog | Lexington Brewing Company | Harviestoun Brewery/Ola Dubh | Innis & Gunn | GlenDronach | Kilchoman