Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra Release at Brü Market & Grill

Hangar 24 Brewing Company Redlands Taster Flight

You should probably know by now that I have an affinity with anything that spends time in oak. I have a theory that you could urinate in a bourbon barrel and still get something good. That might be going a bit far but you get the idea.

Over the last three years, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery out of Redlands CA, has been putting out some phenomenal session beers from the tangy Orange Wheat to the toasty Alt-Bier. I used to think they were a great craft alternative to Blue Moon and Shocktop crowd however, recently, this perception has changed completely with the introduction of the aptly named Barrel Roll Series.

PUGACHEV’S COBRA: The brainchild of Victor Pugachev — not for the faint of heart. Pilot suddenly raises the aircraft nose to near vertical before dropping back to attack mode.

Last Thursday, one of South Orange Counties newest craft beer centric watering holes, Brü Market & Grill, hosted Hangar 24’s latest release from their barrel program, a 16.5% stout named Pugachev’s Cobra. And no that is not a typo. The event featured a seven beer taster starting with their year round releases mentioned above, followed by their summer and winter seasonal releases Polycot and Winter Warmer. The star of the night however was without a doubt, Pugachev’s Cobra.

With its rich mouthfeel and heavy flavors of bourbon and oak, Pugachev’s Cobra is one beast of beer. It all begins as a tasty Russian Imperial Stout, which according to brewer Aaron Roots, will become Hangar 24’s newest year round offering. After spending 8 months in a freshly emptied bourbon barrel, the finished product rivals that of even the most sought after stouts. I’m talking, the same league as Parabola and Black Tuesday. To say that this beer is good would be a horrible understatement.

If you can find a bottle, don’t think twice about picking one up. If not, find your closest beer geek friend and schmooze them until they pour you a taste. If all else fails, be sure to be on the lookout when it’s released again around this time next year.

So what’s next for the barrel roll series? The word on the street is that the Imperial Wheat beer Polycot has found its way into some souring barrels with a bug addition of pediococcus, lactobacillus, and brettanomyces. Now that’s something to get excited about.

Cheers and enjoy craft beer,


Philippe Gagnon is the founder and writer for Craft Beer Culture. Currently residing in Orange County, California, you can find him at the local brewery drinking craft beer or online through Facebook, Twitter, and .

Hangar 24 Brewing Company Pugachev's Cobra

1 Comment

  • Enjoyed every bit of your article. Fantastic.

Leave a comment