Firestone Walker Unveils Molé Merkin Barrel-aged Milk Stout

FirestoneWalkerLogoBlackFirestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, California) has officially announced that Molé Merkin, the fourth out of five Proprietor’s Vintage releases slated for 2019, is available now for a limited time.

Inspired heavily by “family recipes inherited from [Barrel Program Manager Eric Ponce’s] grandmothers,” Molé Merkin is a Milk Stout aged in “bourbon barrels with additions of Puya chile peppers, cocoa nibs and cinnamon to capture the essence of the traditional Mexican sauce known as molé.” This treatment gives the beer “a hint of sweet spice” from the added cinnamon, “while the cocoa nibs bring luscious balance to the medium lingering heat of the peppers.”  Clocking in at 7.8% ABV, Molé Merkin “is a smooth, chocolaty stout with its own distinctive kick.”

“Fall is a perfect time of year to enjoy Molé Merkin. It offers these warming spices that really go with the cooling weather and vibes of autumn.

 

This beer has a lot of personal meaning behind it. Every time I taste it, it brings back childhood memories of family dinners and gatherings, where molé dishes were a staple. It’s that sense of joy and flavor that I wanted to convey with Molé Merkin.”

 

– Eric Ponce, Barrel Program Manager at Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Molé Merkin is rolling out now and will be available only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in individually boxed 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in North Carolina, Texas, California and throughout the rest of Firestone Walker’s distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Molé Merkin from Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Proprietor’s Vintage; late September/early October 2019
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 7.8%
Treatment – Aged in bourbon barrels with additions of Puya chile peppers, cocoa nibs & cinnamon
Fun Fact – “Ponce chose Velvet Merkin as the base beer because it was the perfect foil for the style he envisioned: ‘As a milk stout, it has this creaminess that evokes the creamy texture of molé. It also has chocolate notes that play really well with the cocoa nibs and cinnamon.'”
Availability – Individually boxed 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.firestonebeer.com/find/

 

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company Introduces Cocktail-Inspired Old Man Hattan

FirestoneWalkerLogoFirestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Old Man Hattan – “an eccentric barrel-aged mashup of two classic cocktails: the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan” – in mid-July.

Originally introduced “last year as a brewery-only Black Friday limited release”, Old Man Hattan has now returned to act as one of only six Proprietor’s Vintage releases from Firestone Walker in 2019.  Meant to mimic the character of both an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan, Old Man Hattan starts with a base beer consisting of “a blend of signature Firestone Walker component beers, including Velvet Merkin, Bravo and Stickee Monkee aged in whiskey barrels.” Things then take an interesting turn when that base beer is introduced to “select lots of Parabola and Helldorado that were aged in barrels previously used to mature cherry, orange and aromatic bitters.”  Weighing in at smooth but warming 10.5% ABV, Old Man Hattan comes together to be a “barnstorming beer that exhibits pronounced whiskey notes while artfully expressing essences of both the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan cocktails.”

“Old Man Hattan is really true to its dual influences,” said Eric Ponce, Firestone Walker’s barrel program manager. “On the nose, you get hints of cherry, orange and clove spice. It’s extremely smooth and drinkable, with traditional whiskey characters of tobacco and bitter chocolate.”

 

He added, “If you’re a fan of the Old Fashioned, Manhattan or other whiskey-based cocktails, you’re going to love this beer.”

Old Man Hattan is scheduled to roll out in mid-July and plans to hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in individually boxed 12-ounce bottles at select craft beer-focused establishments located in North Carolina, Texas, California and throughout the rest of Firestone Walker’s expansive distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Old Man Hattan from Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Proprietor’s Vintage; mid-July 2019
Style – Strong Ale (blended)
ABV – 10.5%
IBUs – 30
Treatment – A carefully blended ale that unites a base beer consisting of a blend of signature Firestone Walker component beers – including Velvet Merkin, Bravo and Stickee Monkee aged in whiskey barrels – with select lots of Parabola and Helldorado that were aged in barrels previously used to mature cherry, orange and aromatic bitters
Availability – 12 oz. bottles (individually boxed)
Beer Finder – https://www.firestonebeer.com/find/

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