River North Releases Tequila Barrel Aged J. Maria

Denver, CO — River North Brewery has gained a reputation for experimenting with exotic barrels, creating unique brews from unusual combinations of flavors.

Now, right before GABF, River North is set to release its next concoction. On Saturday, September 27th at 1pm, the brewery will introduce J. Maria (Tequila Barrel Aged), their signature farmhouse ale aged in artisan tequila barrels.

“I’ve always been skeptical of tequila barrels for aging beer,” Head Brewer Matt Hess said. “But when I had the chance to smell these barrels just after they were emptied, I knew we had to seize the opportunity.”

Notes of pepper, citrus and cinnamon balance the malty backbone of classic J. Marie, creating the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. Finishing at 10.2% ABV, J. Maria holds its own. No lime or salt required.

In total, the brewery bottled 135 cases. Both draft pours and bombers-to-go will be available at the release party. Bottles will cost $15 with a limit of three. More bottles will hit store shelves in Colorado and Kansas City in the weeks following the release.


Matt and Jessica Hess opened the award-winning River North Brewery in February 2012. Brewing in the RiNo district of Denver, River North focuses on yeast-centric beers with Belgian-style flair. Like the brewery on Facebook (facebook.com/rivernorthbrewery) or follow on Twitter/Instagram (@rivernorthbrew) for the latest insights.