(New York, NY) – This month, Innis & Gunn, the pioneering Scottish craft beer maker, announces the US release of its limited edition Irish Whiskey Cask beer, an unprecedented marriage of the beer and whiskey worlds. The Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask is not only the first brewed Scottish stout to join the award‐winning Innis & Gunn portfolio, but the world’s FIRST beer to be aged in former triple‐distilled Irish Whiskey barrels, a result of the company’s mission to produce flavorful, appealing and seasonal oak‐aged brews.
It all began in October 2011 when Innis & Gunn’s Master Brewer and Owner, Dougal Sharp, filled four hundred rare oak barrels, previously used to mature whiskey from a famous Irish distiller, with their specially brewed stout. As the beer matured the flavor seemed to improve more and more and come into its own as time passed. After aging the beer for sixty days, and using a three-step maturation process, it was finally ready to be released.
“We have never brewed a stout before, but when we learned that we could get hold of these Irish barrels we got very excited at the prospect of maturing a Scottish stout in former Irish whiskey barrels,” says Dougal Sharp. “Of course Ireland is famous for making stout, and Scotland famous for making whisky, so we were fascinated to see how this beer turned out. We have ended up with a celebratory beer that is memorable and robust in character, much like the peoples of Scotland and Ireland.”
The resulting brew is rich, complex and velvety smooth, with intense aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and treacle complemented by Innis & Gunn’s signature vanilla and oak notes. The Irish Whiskey Cask is now available for a limited time only on US shelves and is priced at $12.99 for a 4‐pack. This is the fifth limited edition brew Innis & Gunn has released adding to an already amazing and unique portfolio of handcrafted artisanal beers. Over the past seven years, Innis & Gunn has won an international following for its innovative limited editions as well as the core range of Innis & Gunn Original and Rum Cask.
• Malts: Chocolate and roast barley
• Hops: Fuggles
• ABV: 7.4%
• IBU: 26
• Woods: Rare triple distilled Irish Whiskey Barrels
• Aged: 60 days
• Maturation: Three separate maturations follow fermentation; oak maturation, cold maturation and in bottle.
Suggested Retail Price: $12.99 for a 4‐pack.
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About Innis & Gunn:
Innis & Gunn was first established in 2003 as a joint venture with a leading drinks firm, who had approached Dougal Sharp, then head brewer at Caledonian, to create a beer that would lend the perfect finish to a Cask Ale Reserve whisky. The beer was too good to throw away so Innis & Gunn (the middle names of Dougal Sharp and his brother Neil) was formed. Dougal led an MBO in January 2008 and the business is now under private ownership.
Innis & Gunn has two core products in its range: Original and Rum Cask, as well as many award winning Limited Edition beers. Innis & Gunn is available in ten countries (UK, US, Canada, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark Finland, Norway and Australia) and in 17 states in the US: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Illinois and Nevada.