Hip Hops: Roosted Chiquen rye whiskey and amber lager, and the impact of custom oak barrels
My support for innovation is consistent, even if the traditionalist in me shakes the occasional fist at modernity. Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Maryland is bringing us two bourbon barrel aged stouts just in time for winter weather. On November 5th, International Stout Day, Guinness announced the arrival of Guinness Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout and Guinness Imperial Stout, both aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Barrel aging? I’m down with it, and Imperial Stout is but a step beyond Foreign Export Stout in terms of strength and pedigree. Guinness Imperial Gingerbread Spiced Stout clocks in at 11% ABV, and was brewed with allspice, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, then aged in bourbon barrels. The brewery recommends you pair the stout with “roasted pork with fig, vanilla panna cotta, or crème brûlée.” As the Irish proverb holds, “When the drop is inside the sense is outside.” I’ve no need for gingerbread spices of the sort best suited for obfuscating a...Read more