From Forest to Barrel: Toasting

All ISC barrels that require a toast profile to be applied before charring are crafted at our Missouri Cooperage located in Lebanon, MO. In our first post on barrel profiling, we discuss that a charred barrel has two layers – a char layer and a red layer.

From Forest to Barrel: Barrel Assembly

As barrels exit the steam tunnel they move to the “windlass” where the top of the raised barrel is squeezed together and the catch ring is replaced by a temporary head ring. The barrel then travels through the dry-fire tunnel to dry the staves and stabilize the barrel’s shape. […]

From Forest to Barrel: Stave Mill

At our six domestic company-owned stave mills, employees take the high-quality white oak logs and process them into rough staves utilizing 100% of the log. Material that cannot be used for staves is converted into a variety of natural products such as chips, mulch, and sawdust.