Goodwood Brewing to Release Chicken Cock Barrel Aged Brown Ale as New Collaboration

8yr Aged MagnetGoodwood Brewing Company (Louisville, Kentucky) and Chicken Cock Whiskey (Charleston, South Carolina) have officially announced the release of Chicken Cock Barrel Aged Brown Ale, a draft-only collaboration brew that spent time aging in barrels that once housed the 160th Anniversary Chicken Cock Whiskey.

Although the brand “disappeared from the market in the 1950’s after the original distillery burned down”, Chicken Cock is a truly iconic whiskey that was established in Paris, Kentucky in 1856.  The brand “really hit its stride” (or strut) during Prohibition when it was “forced to move production to Canada”.  During that time, the infamous Chicken Cock “was smuggled across the border in tin cans” and became a staple at “some of the era’s most famous speakeasies, including the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem.”  Those times were good for the Chicken Cock, but the end of Prohibition brought about an unfortunate twist of fate.  “Shifting drinking habits” in the country “caused . . . many significant American Whiskey brands of the 19th and early 20th centuries to disappear”, and Chicken Cock was sadly one of them.

After multiple attempts had been made over the years to revive “The Famous Old Brand”, Grain & Barrel Spirits purchased Chicken Cock in 2013 “and is now restoring it to its rightful pantheon among the great American whiskies.”  Now relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, the distillery recently recognized a significant milestone for the brand with the debut of the Chicken Cock 160th Anniversary Limited Release, a Single Barrel 8-Year-Old Bourbon made with “70% Corn, 21% Rye and 9% Malted Barley.”  This whiskey was aged in “fresh white American oak barrels” that saw their staves “charred to level four, the highest commonly used char level also known as the ‘alligator char’ due to the rough, shiny texture the staves acquire.” Once the barrels were emptied, the folks at Chicken Cock Distilleries wanted to give a second life to these beautiful 8-Year-Old Bourbon barrels and were looking for ideas.  Breakthru Beverage South Carolina, the distributor for both Chicken Cock Whiskey and Goodwood Brewing Company, stepped in to introduce the two businesses and a collaboration was born.

“We’re proud to collaborate with Goodwood Brewing Company, a brewery as serious about their craft as we are at Grain & Barrel. This is a partnership that places a premium on quality. The Chicken Cock Bourbon Barrel Brown Ale is a distinctly delicious and artful expression. There are whiskey connoisseurs and beer lovers for whom it will be innovative and exciting. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

– Matti Anttila, CEO and Founder of Grain & Barrel Spirits

Goodwood Brewing Company, a brewery that specializes in barrel-aged beers, gladly accepted the Chicken Cock 160th Anniversary Limited Release barrels and got to work.  They decided to brew up a Brown Ale and then aged the beer for “a month in the 160th Anniversary, 8-year-old bourbon barrels.”  Their efforts resulted in the aptly named Chicken Cock Barrel Aged Brown Ale, a 6.5% ABV offering that “offers an excellent synergy between bourbon and beer.”  This “partnership with Chicken Cock Whiskey marks the brewery’s first brand collaboration.”

Chicken Cock Barrel Aged Brown Ale is being released exclusively in South Carolina as a draft-only offering.  If you are in the area and wish to give it a try, keep an eye on the websites and social media accounts for Goodwood Brewing Company and Chicken Cock Whiskey for details on which South Carolina establishments will be pouring this special brew in the near future.  Prost!

 

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