1. Bars & Breweries

Six Ten Brewing gives its IPA a bourbon barrel-aged boost

After a whiskey kiss, the Town ’N Country brewer’s popular TPA double IPA is on tap as 12 Oaks.
Six Ten Brewing's 12 Oaks. [Justin Grant]
Six Ten Brewing's 12 Oaks. [Justin Grant]
Published Feb. 13

Tampa’s Six Ten Brewing keeps a lower profile than some of its neighbors, but to Town ’N Country residents, its tasting room is an invaluable local stop, with a dependable stable of quality core beers, quirky seasonals and the occasional special release that makes repeat visits consistently worthwhile.

One of the tasting room’s big sellers, TPA double IPA, has recently hit the taps in barrel-aged form, having spent a bit over six months resting in bourbon barrels. The resulting beer, 12 Oaks, is absolutely fantastic, and it’s a real treat to sample side by side with its base beer, to really hone in on the bourbon barrel’s contributions.

Imperial stouts, porters and barleywines are the typical candidates for barrel-aging, primarily because they rely little on the volatile flavor and aroma compounds that IPAs are associated with. With time in the barrel, hops fade and wither, and the resulting beer can sometimes be a mess.

12 Oaks, however, retains much of the hop character of TPA, the latter beer featuring a hop profile that’s firmly in the earthy/piney/spicy category of hops that stand up to aging much better than the more modern citrus/tropical fruit varieties.

That base bitterness is a must, as the barrelled beer is decadently sweet, featuring huge caramel malt flavors layered with vanilla and spice. With your eyes closed, a double IPA wouldn’t be your first thought as a base beer. Maybe a light American-style barleywine? A few sips in, you might not care what the beer started as.

12 Oaks is worth a trip to Six Ten, but if you need an extra push, the brewery is hosting its six-year anniversary party on Saturday, Feb. 15th, which will feature 10 taps of special releases, as well as bottles of S’ais La Vie, a saison aged in chardonnay barrels brewed in collaboration with Bern’s Steakhouse. — Justin Grant

Have a suggestion for the Local Craft Beer of the Week? Brewers, have a limited release coming that we should know about? Email


  1. Six Ten Brewing's 12 Oaks.
  2. Jan. 30• Bars & Breweries
    Painkiller from Dunedin’s Antibrewery.
  3. The cans feature pups who are up for adoption at Shelter Manatee.
  4. Beverage manager for the Tampa Yacht and Country Club, Kasia Nowakowska prepares a Milk Punch cocktail, the club's signature drink for Gasparilla. Milk Punch contains brandy, simple syrup, heavy cream, milk and is garnished with nutmeg. Nowakowska says the club will make more than 120 gallons of Milk Punch for the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates on Jan. 25 -- and most of it will be consumed by noon prior to the invasion.
  5. Jan. 16• Bars & Breweries
    The Dark is BarrieHaus’ Munich dunkel lager.
  6. Hop Skull #6 Double IPA, Coppertail Brewing Company
  7. Dec. 19, 2019• Arts & Entertainment
    A pint of Malt 45 Lager.
  8. Dec. 12, 2019• Arts & Entertainment
    Year 3 Barrel-Aged Barleywine, Mastry’s Brewing Co.
  9. Dec. 11, 2019• Arts & Entertainment
    70 Degrees Florida Winter Weizen, 3 Daughters Brewing
  10. Dec. 11, 2019• Arts & Entertainment
    AJ’s on the River in Gibsonton.
  11. South Howard Avenue's booming bar scene, and the crowds like this one at MacDinton's Irish Pub and Restaurant, have Tampa officials looking for ways to make the street less congested and safer.
  12. Nov. 21, 2019• Arts & Entertainment
    The Barrel-Aged Ramble Tamble spends time resting in bourbon barrels from St. Petersburg’s Horse Soldier Bourbon.