Seems to be enough chatter here to justify a 'spirits' thread I think. I love my beer, but I need my bourbon too! I'm meeting a few pals later today, and we are filling our own barrel (3 gallon) at a local distillery. We'll have the opportunity to sample the barrel whenever we want and we decide when it's ready. We also get to choose the proofing. We can go cask strength, proof it down, and combination. My guess is we'll do a few cask strengths and proof down the rest. Once the barrel is empty, we are leaning towards filling it with rum on the next go around.