Firkin Friday, Steamworks Brewing Co.’s monthly beer showcase, continues with the tapping of a “Bourbon Balls” firkin on at 3 p.m. Friday at the brewpub, amid the 2018 Snowdown Winter Festival.
The Snowdown Waiter/Waitress Race takes place in the Steamworks parking lot beginning at 2 p.m., followed by Pantyhose Bowling at 3:30 p.m.
“Bourbon balls are bite-sized confections including bourbon and dark chocolate, stored for days to allow the bourbon and other ingredients to get quite tasty,” said Steamworks Head Brewer Ken Martin, in a news release. “For our Bourbon Balls firkin we started with a base beer of our ‘Macho Man’ Russian Imperial Stout, which already has the necessary components of chocolate, and it’s big, bold and strong, so it was a natural choice.”
A firkin is an old English unit of volume, typically a wooden cask equal to approximately one-quarter of a regular barrel, or nine/ten gallons. The word “firkin” is derived from the Middle Dutch word “vierdekijn,” which means “fourth” as in one-fourth the size. Firkin beer is unpasteurized and unfiltered and served at cellar temperature - cool but not cold.
Steamworks started Firkin Fridays to introduce unusual, specialty craft beers to augment its regular offerings. Steamworks is located at 801 E. Second. Ave. in Durango. For more information, visit www.steamworksbrewing.com or call 259-9200.