When Triple C Brewing’s Scott Kimball first brewed the Up All Night Breakfast Porter, he didn’t realize he was creating one of the brewery’s more popular beers.
“I don’t know that this beer was ever intended to be one of our bigger hits as far as our larger beers go,” said Kimball, co-owner and head brewer at Triple C Brewing. “But it’s certainly panned out that way.”
Kimball was really just looking to brew a beer with a malt called Special B, which contributes notes of chocolate and dark raisins. Soon he was brewing a big porter reminiscent of breakfast in a glass. The beer featured Magnolia Coffee, Cloister honey, flaked oats and milk sugar.
Triple C Brewing released the first bottles of Up All Night — each one bottled by hand — in December 2012. The brewery has released the beer every year since, with a bourbon barrel-aged version joining the fray in 2013. The brewery is once again set to release the barrel-aged version with a beer release and bottle share at the brewery on Friday, Dec. 16.
The first time Kimball aged the beer, he did it in eight barrels that once held Maker’s Mark bourbon.
“I had filled a few barrels in my past at other breweries, but never really done extensive barrel aging,” he said. “That was really the start for us, for what’s kind of evolved into a pretty large barrel program.”
Triple C Brewing now has around 100 barrels that previously held wine or spirits, though the Maker’s Mark barrels have proven tough to acquire. The brewery has used Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for many of its beers lately, which is what this year’s batch of Up All Night Breakfast Porter was aged in.
Soon, that impressive collection of barrels will be moved across the street to the Triple C Barrel Room. In addition to housing all of the brewery’s barrels, this 10,000-square-foot expansion will also house a seven-barrel brewhouse and plenty of room for events.
This Friday, though, Triple C invites drinkers into the taproom starting at 4 p.m. to enjoy the beer on draft or to purchase 22-ounce bottles for $14 each (with a limit of six per person). At 5 p.m., beer lovers will gather in the brewery’s warehouse for a bottle share.
It’s exactly what it sounds like: people bring bottles of beers to share with each other. The brewery will furnish the space with plenty of tables, chairs, glasses, ping pong tables and cornhole boards.
The beer will see distribution outside of the brewery, both here in Charlotte and across North Carolina. But if you need more of an incentive to show up for the release this Friday, know that Kimball will tap a few special kegs that have been infused with blueberries and Vermont maple syrup.
“I’m pretty excited about that,” he said. “You can imagine that with the syrup and the blueberries it’s a pretty thick beer, but it’s even more of an amped up breakfast in a glass.”
The brewery also has the non-barrel-aged Up All Night in bottles and on draft at the taproom, as well as one last keg of rum barrel-aged vanilla Up All Night.
Photos: Triple C Brewing / Scott Kimball
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