Barrel Opening…much like Ft Knox…

It took about an hour to get the first barrel disassembled.  There’s a lot of pressure on them there barrel staves.  Our friend Brian, who is a home brewer, took the bourbon smoked charcoal left in the barrel to use in his next batch.  Can’t wait to sample that.  The whole garage smells like a distillery.  Quite lovely, actually.  But it’s a messy business.  Bourbon soaked charcoal everywhere.  And of course our dog, Coda, wanted to be right in the middle of everything.