New stout aged in Irish whiskey barrels

Kindred Spirits beer

A stout aged in barrels that once held Irish whiskey has been released by Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn in collaboration with Tullamore Dew.

The limited-edition Kindred Spirits beer, at 6.1% ABV, has gained a smooth, flavoursome character through being matured using barrels infused with the triple-distilled, triple-blend Irish whiskey from Tullamore Dew.

The sweet, spicy, smooth taste of Tullamore Dew combines with the rich profile of the stout to provide notes of dark chocolate and coffee alongside hints of vanilla and oak.

To tie in with the launch last week, Innis & Gunn and Tullamore Drew enlisted Rick McMurray of Irish band Ash and Scott Hutchison of Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit to cover a traditional Scottish folk song. Click here for a video of the Kindred Session.

Dougal Gunn Sharp, Innis & Gunn’s founder and master brewer, said: “The Scots and Irish share a powerful Celtic connection in our culture and our character, a bond that draws us together with Tullamore Dew.

“A brew that is greater than the sum of its parts, Kindred Spirits is a celebration of the best of Scots and Irish craftsmanship, and in our partnership using our unique barrel-into-beer ageing process with Tullamore’s legendary Irish whiskey barrels, it has sparked the creation of an exciting and unique flavour packed alternative to the usual stouts.”

John Quinn, Tullamore Dew’s global brand ambassador, added: “Our partnership with Innis & Gunn brings us closer to a brand that shares our passion for innovation and creating products of exceptional quality and character.

“Beer and whiskey have always been ‘malt cousins’ because malted barley is a key ingredient in both, and we celebrate this unique bond through ‘Dew and a brew’ – the pairing of Tullamore Dew with great craft beers like Kindred Spirits for an evening full of true character.”

Kindred Spirits is available now in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Sweden, France, Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Finland and Singapore.

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