I visited Jeff Bagby, owner and head brewer at Bagby Beer Company in Oceanside, California yesterday, to gather information about barleywines. Jeff described barleywines as "Everything but the kitchen sink" wines, built to last. "This is a wine without a lot of rules," he said. "Oxidation can actually contribute to the flavor, providing a cherry port richness." I'm sold, Jeff. Time to add a barleywine brew day to the calendar.
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