Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Guinness beer utilizes 217-year-old wood

Most beer crafters come up with variety in their products by changing the types and ratios of hops, by adding a bit of citrus peel or some other flavoring agent to the process, even aging their brews in used spirits casks.

Leave it to the iconic Irish brewer Guinness & Company to come up with something entirely new by reaching back to the 18th Century: a double extra stout conditioned with 217-year-old English oak.

Here's how the Guinness folks described the creation of their new beer, called The 1798 Limited Edition:

"On his own initiative, Eoghan Kelly, one of our brewery carpenters, started making plaques for retiring brewers using wood from our original vat house. Noticing the remarkable aroma of his retirement plaque, one of our brewers asked Eoghan if he could grind down some 1798 wood so we could use it to condition a beer.

"Eoghan said 'Yes,' and our Brewers Project came up with an intensely rich, smooth double stout worthy of the flavor notes of the oak. The 1798 is a complex beer balancing roasted barley sweetness with the bitter bite of goldings hops, peppered with flavor notes from the oak, from raisin to burnt caramel and dark coffee."

1798, which has very limited availability, is packaged in 25.4-ounce bottles, is 9% alcohol by volume.

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