The inspiration for the Ale of the Hermit recipe was a beer originally made popular in the late-19th and early 20th-centuries, and seen by many beer geeks as one of the driving forces behind the modern American craft beer movement. The original brewery had two versions of their pale brew; the regular offering available to the general public, and another that was aged in wooden barrels for 10-20 years (yes, years!) and only given as gifts to friends of the brewery around the holidays. Barrel-Aged Hermit Ale is the culmination of our homage to that original vision. A smooth sipping pale ale, bursting with both barrel and hop complexity.