Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has announced that it will officially begin the limited release of Pastiche Blended Barrel-aged Ale in early January.
Arriving as Allagash Brewing’s “first non-wild, blended, barrel-aged beer”, Pastiche began its life as four different base beers “all created by senior Allagash brewers.” Brewed with “various local malts” and the specific intention “to blend well together”, these four beers were then sent to age in a variety of barrels – rye whiskey, vermouth, port, rum, bourbon, red wine, gin, and brandy. After spending “between three and four months” in those barrels, the brewers came together once more to sample and blend the beers “into a single, unified whole.” Their final blend is the 8.5% ABV Pastiche that proves to be “a complex, yet approachable, amber beer with notes of caramel, dried fruit, spirits, and oak.”
“We’ve been wanting to experiment with blending non-wild, spirit-aged beers for a long time,” said Zach Bodah, head Allagash’s Quality Control team. “Since each [of the four] base beer[s] in Pastiche was split and aged into at least two varieties of spirit barrels, it was a terrific logistical challenge in cellar management. We’re really happy with how all that hard work turned out.”
Officially released on January 8, Pastiche will be available in 750ml bottles and on draft as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release at select craft beer establishments located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing Company’s distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Pastiche Blended Barrel-aged Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Release – Limited, January 2018
Style – Undisclosed Ale, Blend
ABV – 8.5%
Grains – Various
Hops – Various
Yeast – Allagash House Ale
Treatment – A blend of four base beers that were aged in rye whiskey, vermouth, port, rum, bourbon, red wine, gin, and brandy barrels
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/