Guinness & Co. (Dublin, Ireland) announced this week that Guinness Antwerpen Stout and Guinness Rye Pale Ale will now be available in the United States for the first time as limited releases.
First brewed in 1944 for the Belgian City of Antwerp, you may have heard Guinness Antwerpen Stout called by a different name, Guinness Special Export. No matter what you call it, this fan-favorite is known the world over for its “intense roasted malt, smoked wood, raisin and licorice notes and its sweet smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a touch of black currant.” The finished beer weighs in at 8.0% ABV and 52 IBUs. This beer is so beloved that the brewers at St. James Gate have been known to line up for a bottle or two before it ships off to Belgium.
“It’s been more than 70 years since we first exported the Antwerpen Stout from Dublin to Antwerp, but its cult following is probably stronger than it’s ever been,” noted Padraig Fox, the General Manager for the Open Gate Brewery Experience. “I guess now the secret is out. Even if it is only for a few months, we’re happy to see this Guinness favorite having its moment in the U.S.”
A slightly newer creation from Guinness, Guinness Rye Pale Ale came to be last year as a Brewers Project offering developed as a holiday gift for family and friends of the brewery. All who received it enjoyed the beer so much that it was brewed again to tap at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin. The high praise continued and this surprise hit was then promoted to large scale brewing. The popularity of Guinness Rye Pale Ale is due to the beer’s rye malt supplying a peppery bite that is balanced with “grapefruit and citrus flavor from Mosaic and Cascade hops.” The final beer comes in at 5.0% ABV and 18 IBUs.
“Beer is obviously something we love, and we wanted to share a little something we were working on with just a few of our closest friends and family and colleagues at the brewery,” explained Peter Simpson, one of the brewers who worked on the original batch of Guinness Rye Pale Ale. “We didn’t expect it to get this kind of reaction, but it just sort of snowballed. Now here we are about to introduce it to the other side of the world.”
Guinness Antwerpen Stout and Guinness Rye Pale Ale are rolling out now and these limited time releases will continue to be available in the U.S. until December of 2016. Look for Guinness Antwerpen Stout in 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles for the suggested retail price of $9.99, and Guinness Rye Pale Ale will turn up in 6-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles for the suggested retail price of $8.99. If you are interested in trying these two examples of Guinness brewing history, seek them out at fine beer retailers nationwide over the next few months. Prost!