In Louisville we're used to seeing barrel-aged beers, but Against the Grain Brewery and Buzzard's Roost Sippin' Whiskey took things a step further with their recently-released Roosted Chiquen collaboration - an Amber Lager and Straight Rye Whiskey that share the same custom oak profile (that should be, according to both companies, sipped together). Both products showcase the same notes of vanilla and smoke from the oak aging process.
"We've experimented with smoke and oak flavors since we first started brewing," said Jerry Gnagy, co-founder and Head Brewer at Against the Grain, in a prepared statement. "We saw what Buzzard's was doing with their specialized, custom barrels and thought it'd be un to see what happens when we introduced our amber lager to the same wood."
Buzzard's Roost, a new whiskey brand based out of Louisville, uses a unique barreling method - all their barrels are charred or toasted to a specified temperature that results in known flavor profiles that they can impact the rye whiskey inside.
"Think of the staves we use in our barrels as a spice rack," said Jason Brauner, Buzzard's Roost Master Blender. "Picking and choosing flavor profiles, specific to the wood on a molecular level, we can make a pretty good guess at what flavors will be imparted on our whiskey. Turns out - it also works well with beer.
Both products are available now at Against the Grain Public House (1576 Bardstown Road) with plans to sell at retailers throughout Kentucky later in November.
For more information, visit www.atgbrewery.com or www.buzzardsroostwhiskey.com
And while you're visiting Public House for a sippin' beer and sippin' whiskey, you can get your Louisville Ale Trail Passport stamped.