Green Flash Brewing Co. & Jameson Irish Whiskey Collaborate on Celtic Sun IPA

GF19_Products_Celtic2xc2Green Flash Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Celtic Sun IPA, a special collaboration project with Jameson Irish Whiskey (Dublin, Ireland), on July 1.

Developed as “the first Jameson collaboration with a U.S. craft brewer to create a non-barrel aged beer to be sipped alongside Jameson Caskmates IPA whiskey“, Celtic Sun is a “bright and hoppy” American India Pale Ale crafted with a “recipe . . . designed by the Green Flash brewing team to complement the floral citrus nose, and green apple light citrus tasting notes found in Jameson Caskmates IPA.”  Coming in at a smooth-sippin’ 6.2% ABV and 50 IBUs, Celtic Sun IPA is sure to be the “Perfect Irish Complement.”

“Innovation at Green Flash continues to be the cornerstone of our connection with consumers,” stated Green Flash Brewmaster Erik Jensen. “Consumers today enjoy a wide variety of beverage choices, even in a single setting. Our new beer was brewed to offer a unique drinking ritual with whiskey that we’re referring to as the ‘Perfect Irish Complement.’ We’re encouraging everyone to alternate sips of Celtic Sun IPA with Caskmates IPA whiskey to taste how these products truly complement one another. No boilermakers here! We couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with our friends at Jameson to launch Celtic Sun IPA this summer for that perfect Irish Complement.”

Celtic Sun IPA will roll out on July 1 with plans to stick around through August 31.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in California and throughout the rest of Green Flash’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Celtic Sun IPA from Green Flash Brewing Company & Jameson Irish Whiskey

Release – Limited; July 1 – August 31, 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.2%
IBUs – 50
Fun Fact – “The Celtic Sun IPA packaging incorporates design elements from both the Caskmates IPA label and the new Green Flash illustrative design.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.greenflashbrew.com/find-beer/

Jameson Irish Whiskey Introduces Caskmates IPA Edition

JamesonCaskmates IPAJameson Irish Whiskey (Dublin, Ireland) recently announced that it has officially expanded its Caskmates lineup with the release of Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition.

To create Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition, the distillers at Jameson begin by sending “propriety oak whiskey barrels” from their Midleton distillery to a local Irish brewery so that it may fill them with a “local craft IPA.”  Once the barrels are infused with the “crisp citrus notes” of that India Pale Ale, they are then “sent back to Jameson to be reused to finish Jameson Original.” After spending a lengthy time aging in the IPA-soaked barrels, a 40% ABV (80 proof) Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition emerges with that familiar “smooth taste of Jameson” but with added “light hints of hops, fresh citrus and floral notes.”  Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition now joins Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition to comprise the distillery’s portfolio of Caskmates offerings.

“Quality and taste have always been our reason to be,” said Sebastien Borda, Brand Director Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA. “Jameson Caskmates IPA was born from the dedication of the whiskey making tradition that John Jameson established in 1780, combined with a relentless pursuit of original and innovative expressions for our whiskeys. Jameson Caskmates IPA brings the crisp, hoppy notes that characterizes IPA beer together with the triple-distilled smoothness of Jameson to create a one-of-a-kind and exceptional tasting whiskey.”

Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition is available now in 750ml bottles for the suggested retail price of $29.99 each.  You can find this latest Caskmates release at fine establishments throughout the U.S. that normally carry offerings from Jameson Irish Whiskey.  Prost!

Tasting Notes – Spirits Edition: Jameson Caskmates

jamesonpromoA confirmed truth: very few things hit the spot quite like a dram of whiskey after a big holiday meal.  With that in mind, this special edition of Tasting Notes features the craft beer-themed offering from Jameson Irish Whiskey (Dublin, Ireland) simply named Jameson Caskmates.

It is pretty safe to assume that the two beverages that see the most time on bar tops at Irish pubs are fine Irish Whiskeys and really good Irish Dry Stouts.  This being the case, it is kind of odd that there has yet to be a truly thoughtful attempt at bringing these two together.  Well . . . until now.  This all changed when the Master Distiller at Jameson Irish Whiskey and the Master Brewer at Franciscan Well Brewery (Cork, Ireland) sat down together and hatched a plan:

  • Step 1 – Jameson would send the brewery several used whiskey barrels.  The brewers at Franciscan Well would then fill these barrels with their Irish Stout.  Once the beer properly aged and picked up the complex notes of the Irish Whiskey tucked snugly away within the wood, the barrels would then be returned to the distillery.
  • Step 2 – Upon receiving the return shipment of the now Irish Stout-infused barrels, Jameson distillers would fill the casks once again with their classic Original Irish Whiskey.

Since they had never done anything like this before, all the distillers could really do at that point was wait and see what would be the result of this collaborative experiment.  When the aging process was finally completed, they found the whiskey’s “triple-distilled smoothness . . . very much intact” but it had also taken on Stout-influenced notes of “cocoa, coffee and butterscotch.”  The proper introduction of Irish Whiskey and Irish Stout had finally been achieved, and now we all get to enjoy these results in bottles of Jameson Caskmates – Stout Edition.  If you would like a taste of this unique offering, you can find this Stout-infused Whiskey available in 750ml bottles at fine liquor stores and bars across the United States.

Now that we have the story behind Jameson Caskmates covered, it is time to break out the whiskey glasses, sip, relax, and take down a few Tasting Notes.

Tasting Notes for Jameson Caskmates – Stout Edition from Jameson Irish Whiskey

Appearance:  With a pour of two fingers, this whiskey rests in the glass light golden in color with soft hues of brown burnishing the edges.  Although pristine in clarity, the still liquid displays mesmerizing, oily rings when presented with the right angle of light.  With a gentle swirl of the glass, the whiskey leaves lengthy, slick legs behind.

Aroma:  The presence of alcohol soaked grain and hay begin the experience.  Once given a little time to breathe, the aromatics open up and soften to reveal notes of citrus, pear and apple.  The stout-like characteristics are reserved, but they do grab your attention late by lending qualities of cocoa and coffee.  The aroma rounds off with some honey sweetness.

Taste:  Caramelized, bordering on burnt, brown sugar and earthy barley rush the palate to start.  These two notes take on toffee and butterscotch qualities that nicely complement the building stout flavors of roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate.  Slightly nutty, this offering finishes with notes of woodsy, charred oak and creamy vanilla.

Mouthfeel:  Slick in texture, the coating ability of this whiskey quickly grabs the attention of your taste buds.  Sweet on the palate, but far from being overly cloying.  At 80 Proof, any heat here is slow and comforting.  The finish is long, allowing notes of oak, vanilla and cocoa the opportunity to linger.

Final Thoughts:  Jameson Caskmates absolutely comes together as an offering that builds on the experience of Jameson Original.  That being said, craft beer fans need to realize that this is still an Irish Whiskey experience.  It must be noted that we are dealing with a 40% ABV Irish Whiskey here, so boozy notes of fine grain and charred oak do show some aggression at first sip.  When this happens, just slow down, sip gently and really take in the flavors resting on your palate.  If done correctly, you can reach that transcendental moment that reveals the Irish Stout-like notes of coffee, roasted malt, toffee and cocoa.  With a bit of patience, this whiskey will open up and a rush of familiar flavors will surface to absolutely blow your mind.  I had a blast exploring this offering, and I highly suggest that you sit down with a glass of Jameson Caskmates to experience it for yourself.  Prost!

American Craft Breweries Collaborate with Jameson Irish Whiskey

jamesonbeerPernod Ricard USA (New York, New York) and Jameson Irish Whiskey recently announced that the distillery is partnering with seven American craft breweries to create the Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies series.

Jameson Irish Whiskey was inspired to develop this craft beer collaboration series thanks to the success of Jameson Caskmates, a unique creation that aged Irish Whiskey in “stout-seasoned whiskey casks.” Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies flips the script a bit by having the distillery provide seven craft breweries with barrels to age a beer offering in for a select period of time.   This treatment will allow the signature characteristics of Jameson Irish Whiskey to mingle with each brewery’s “already distinct craft beer flavors.”  To further add to the anticipation level, check out the list of participating breweries:

“Jameson Irish Whiskey has always taken pride in celebrating those who share the same passion and focus when it comes to their craft,” said Sona Bajaria, Vice President, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA. “Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies allows us to put the spotlight on these local craft brewers who ultimately embody the same spirit as our motto, Sine Metu.”

Each Jameson barrel-aged beer will be released in due time and in each brewery’s respective market.  These offerings will be extremely limited, so make sure to stay tuned for updates on each beer’s official release information.  Prost!