More on Hoops

Your choice of hoop ... black or galvanized ... has nothing to do with how your contents will age - all of our barrels use the same American white oak and are toasted in the same manner ... basically, it's just how they look aesthetically.

Black Hoops

The black hoops are a painted black steel.  They are more susceptible to rust and if the outside of the oak barrel gets wet, the paint has a tendency to feather-out and stain the barrel adding to the rustic character of the black-hooped barrel.

Galvanized Hoops

If your preference leans towards a neater, cleaner look ... the carefree galvanized-hooped oak barrel is the one for you.