Try Jameson’s unique, stout barrel-aged whiskey during Craft Beer Week
What do you get if you age whiskey in craft beer barrels? Something like Jameson Caskmates.
It’s the fruit of a collaboration between Jameson’s head distiller and the head brewer of local craft brewery in County Cork, Ireland.
They hatched a plan to send a few Jameson casks to the Franciscan Well Brewery and see how this might influence their craft Irish stout. Neither head brewer nor whiskey master knew what this experiment would bring, but both men hoped that some Jameson magic might rub off on the fine Irish stout – and they were delighted with the results.
The empty casks journeyed back to the Jameson Distillery after the beer had been bottled, full of new stout character from their sabbatical at Franciscan Well. The Jameson Master of Whiskey generally prefers not to mess with a good thing, but his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to repeat the experiment – this time re-filling the stout-soaked casks with Jameson Whiskey.
So how does it taste? While the triple-distilled smoothness is very much intact, the whiskey sings a different tune, with notes of cocoa, coffee and butterscotch confirming the stout influence.
You can grab the whiskey every day of Craft Beer Week at Time Out’s Hop-Up ale yard. Just upgrade your craft beer of choice to a boilermaker, and you’ll get the chance to pair it with the whiskey – neat or on the rocks, whichever you prefer.
And it gets even better. On Saturday 22, Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 October, members of the Jameson Crew will be at the ale yard to conduct tastings on Caskmates and boilermakers, and provide free education sessions. Join the National Jameson Brand Ambassador, Kate Moran, and the Jameson Master, Cooper Ger Buckley, to learn all about Jameson Caskmates and taste what all the hype is about.