Whiskey and beer: a grand combination! Of course it had to be two Irish men who, while having a shot and a brew, decided to perfect this old combo. What would happen if you age Jameson in beer casks, specifically stout beer? Answer: a miracle! What happens if you bring this miracle to Belgium? Answer: an epiphany! In Brussels there's an organisation called Beerstorming who are willing and capable of brewing any beer you can imagine. Together with the folks from Jameson they made a fantastic fruity sour brew, barrel aged in Jameson casks.
Three Irishmen walk into a pub… this is not a joke, it’s an everyday reality, especially in Cork. Only these three were no ordinary Irish, it was the whiskey wizard Dave Quinn and Jameson Master Distiller Brian Nation who met Shane Long, Master Brewer of Franciscan Well. The latter was curious to know what would happen when his stout beer was barrel aged in Jameson casks. Admit it, you would want to know this as well. It is after all an excellent idea. After sufficient experimentation Shane Long was a happy, albeit a little bit tipsy, man. Smiling he returned the casks to the Jameson distillery. And it was there that Brian and Dave saw the light at the end of the rainbow and bitchslapped the leprechaun hiding underneath. What they did was refilling the stout washed casks with Jameson. This was the birth of the Caskmates.
The Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition is amazing. It’s a perfectly balanced marriage between the soft, mellow, rounded Jameson and the bolder bitter notes of the stout. It finishes with caramel, cacao and hints of coffee. It’s a marvellous combination of my two favourite Irish beverage categories.
Beerstorming in Brussels
Beerstorming needs very little explanation, it’s brainstorming on beers. Let’s say you woke up one day and had a brilliant idea for a new beer. Well then, you just waltz into their fine micro-brewery, declare your idea and they brew it. Afterwards you’ll have a beerstorm where a panel of friends and experts taste a few beer-ideas, including yours. Out of the discussion that follows you can finetune your brew or it might happen that an entirely new beer comes into existence. Beerstorming is great fun, unless you hate beer of course.
Now the people from Jameson and Yorick Yosh & Arthur Ries from Beerstorming decided to meet up in Ireland (in a pub probably) and discuss beer, barrels and whiskey, the result is called: The Brussels’ Share.
The Brussels’ Share is a fresh flavour explosion in your mouth. Rather complex, there’s a lot going on in your mouth when you taste it. There’s grain, hoppy bitternes, apricot fruit, sour and then there’s something like a hidden trapdoor where a vague, fleeting hint of caramel is detected. Brewed according to the sour beer tradition from Brussels this is very nice Bacchus’ blood!