Revolution Brewing Reveals Deep Wood Series 2020-21 Lineup

In Beer Reviews by Karl

…and the first Deep Wood Series 2020 option will emerge in just a few weeks.

Revolution Brewing's Deep Wood Series 2020-2021

The last couple years have seen a battle begin to emerge between Revolution Brewing and Goose Island over whose barrel-aged beer lineup will reign supreme. We told you about Goose Island’s annual offerings a couple weeks ago — now it’s Revolution’s turn to showcase this year’s options.

The Deep Wood Series 2020-2021 variants actually have a bit of overlap with the Goose options this year — both breweries will produce a barrel-aged beer made with bourbon-barrel-aged maple syrup, for example.

Similarly, Goose will have an apple-infused wheatwine, while this year sees an apple-brandy-barrel aged Ryewine from Revolution. Similar ideas, different implementation — it’ll be fun to blind taste these guys back to back and see what happens.

Deep Wood Series 2020

One place where the Deep Wood Series 2020 lineup has an immediate step up on Bourbon County is this: Revolution is actually giving us a beer aged in Blanton’s and Buffalo Trace barrels, whereas Goose Island only teased us with it this year.

Advantage Rev on that one.

Another advantage is that Rev already knows that curbside pickup is the way to go for these releases — a pre-order will be available to set a time for retrieval of 4-packs of 12oz. cans, meaning no standing in parking lots on holidays for these guys.

Deep Wood Series 2020
Revolution Brewing’s “Secretary of Lumber” Marty Scott

As for the TBA option mentioned below … maybe we can still convince Rev to give us any one other of the options Goose has dangled in front of us in prior years. Horchata Straightjacket, maybe? Peaches & Cream Ryeway, anyone?

Chicago’s lucky to have two top-tier breweries with world-class barrel-aging operations fighting it out for supremacy these days. If you weren’t already eager for autumn and winter to hurry up and get here, the Deep Wood Series 2020-2021 is a pretty good reason to start anticipating cooler weather.


Revolution Brewing Reveals 2020-2021 Deep Wood Series Lineup

CHICAGO, August 26, 2020 – Revolution Brewing, Chicago’s largest independent craft brewery, is releasing the 2020-2021 lineup of barrel-aged beers from the Deep Wood Series. Revolution Brewing will release twelve unique barrel-aged beers between September and January.

This year’s lineup hits with more barrel variety, blend complexity, and stylistic flair than ever – though the brewery is also bringing back refreshed versions of some of fan-favorite Deep Wood variants over the years.

“Every single turn from the brewhouse for the Deep Wood program has a purpose. Every time we mash in, we know what that finished product is going to be, whether it’s sweet component for extended aging, or a dry component that balances the final product,” Barrel Program Lead Marty Scott said. “We’ve really hit lately with traditional beers, engineered for ridiculous amounts of development, complexity and sweetness. Pair that with the improvements we make every year, and this year should be a banner year.”

This year’s returning Deep Wood Series brands are:

● Deth’s Tar – Revolution’s original barrel-aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

● Café Deth – Deth’s Tar with a weaponized infusion of locally roasted coffee beans from

Dark Matter Coffee.

● Deth By Cherries – Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels with cherries.

● Straight Jacket – The award-winning English Barleywine.

● Honey Jacket – Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine with Honey from beehives on the roof of our Kedzie Brewery.

● Ryeway to Heaven – A Ryewine carefully matured in rye and bourbon barrels.

● Double Barrel V.S.O.D. (Very Special Old Deth) – The absolute pinnacle of our Deth’s Tar lineup. During the second year of aging a small number of specially selected Deth’s Tar barrels are blended then finished in fresh Weller Special Reserve Barrels and Weller 10 year barrels.

● Mineshaft Gap – Barleywine aged in Cognac barrels

And new to the lineup this year are collaboration with Binny’s Beverage Depot, apple brandy barrels to finish our lustrous Ryeway, and the elevation of our partnership with Chicago Maple:

● Thundertaker – Imperial Rye Stout aged in hand-selected Blanton’s and Buffalo Trace barrels by Binny’s Beverage Depot’s bourbon experts.

● Maple Deth – Imperial Stout Aged in Maple Syrup – Bourbon Barrels. Brought to you with our friends at Chicago Maple, this comforting sipper spent time resting in freshly emptied maple syrup bourbon barrels.

● Apple Brandy Ryeway – Ryewine aged in apple brandy barrels

● TBA Collaboration – A collaboration with one of our Chicago friends that isn’t quite ready for prime time.

Release Dates

Revolution has worked hard to create a curbside release experience that’s safe and easy for customers and employees, and is ready to bring that approach to the whole Fall/Winter series.

Fans will be able to pre-order four-packs of 12-ounce. cans online, and schedule a time to pick up their Deep Wood beers from the Revolution Brewery (3340 N. Kedzie).

In addition to curbside release at Revolution – Deth’s Tar, Café Deth, Straight Jacket, and
Ryeway to Heaven will get wide distribution. Deth by Cherries and Mineshaft Gap will see limited distribution. Thundertaker will see exclusive distribution at Binny’s Beverage Depot.

Maple Deth, Honey Jacket, Double Barrel V.S.O.D, and Apple Brandy Ryeway will be
brewery-only releases. More on the beers, release events, and the history of the Deep Wood Series can be found on our Deep Wood Series page.

About Revolution Brewing

Revolution Brewing is the largest independently owned brewery in Illinois, brewing only in Chicago between the original brewpub space in Logan Square and a production brewery and taproom in Avondale. Revolution currently distributes in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nashville, New Jersey, New York City, and Wisconsin.

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Karl has written about food, travel and beer for Chicago Magazine, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago, AskMen and more. His book, Beer Lovers Chicago, is now available via Amazon and other booksellers.If you're buying, he's likely having a porter or a pale ale.

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