Dublin Event: US Micro Distilleries

  • 26 Jul 2012
  • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2
  • 40

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We go west this month, way west.

One of our regular forum contributors, Fionnán, has spent a considerable amount of time in the US and while there has visited a number of micro-distilleries.

This month sees the Irish Whiskey Society looking into the rebirth of American Pot Still whiskey and some innovations that are happening Stateside beyond the traditional bourbon/rye categories.

Included in the line up are samples picked straight from the cask exclusively for the society. The first is a distilled California-style India Pale Ale and the second is a distilled stout whiskey.

These whiskeys are not likely to be available over here any time soon so this is a unique opportunity to sample some unusual tipples.

Whiskeys

Note: At the end of the night we vote for our favourite whiskey. Number of votes and placing are included in the tables below.

1. Old Potrero Single Malt Straight Rye

ABV 45% Age
Type Single malt, straight rye Finish -
Distillery Anchor Distilling Company Region California, USA
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 4 Place 3
Notes
  • Aged in new, charred oak barrels
  • Pot distilled


2. Old Potrero 18th Century Style Spirit

ABV 63.64% Age 2 years 5 months
Type Single malt rye Finish -
Distillery Anchor Distilling Company Region California, USA
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 4 Place 3
Notes
  • "18th Century Style"
  • 100% rye malt
  • Aged in new, uncharred oak barrels
  • Pot distilled
  • The oldest whiskey in the bottle is 3 years 9 months old


3. Leopold Bros American Small Batch


ABV 43% Age
Type
Finish -
Distillery Leopold Bros Region Colorado, USA
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 1 Place 7
Notes
  • Barrel No. 68
  • Pot distilled from open fermented sour mash


4. Breckenridge Bourbon


ABV 43% Age 2
Type Bourbon Finish -
Distillery Breckenridge Region Colorado, USA
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 4 Place 3
Notes
  • Aged for 2 years minimum in charred new American oak barrels


5. Charbay R5 Hop Flavored Whiskey


ABV 71.5% Age
Type Distilled IPA whiskey Finish -
Distillery Charbay Distillers Region California, USA
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 8 Place 2
Notes
  • Double distilled in copper Alambic Charentais Pot Still, fired with a direct flame.
  • Distilled from a modified (hoppier) Racer 5 Californian IPA from Bear Republic
  • Aged for 5 months in new oak with a medium toast
  • This was a cask sample for the IWS.


6. Charbay Distilled Stout Whiskey


ABV 71.5% Age
Type Distilled stout whiskey Finish -
Distillery Charbay Distillers Region California, USA
Distilled
Bottled
Votes 14 Place 1
Notes
  • Double distilled in copper Alambic Charentais Pot Still, fired with a direct flame.
  • Distilled from Bear Republic stout
  • This was a cask sample for the IWS.
  • Both cask (new oak, heavy toasting) and bottle aged


7. McCarthy's Single Malt

ABV 42.5% Age 3
Type Single malt Finish -
Distillery Clear Creek Distillery Region Oregon, USA
Distilled
Bottled June 20, 2011
Votes 4 Place 3
Notes
  • Batch No.: W11-01
  • Pot distilled
  • Distilled from a fermented mash of peat-malted Scottish (Port Ellen) barley
  • Holstein pot still

Bonus Whiskeys!

Member and distiller, Mr Alex Chasko, very kindly brought along a few bottles from his personal stash, in keeping with the American theme. These were available for sampling after the main presentation.


Leopold Bros Small Batch Whiskey

ABV 43% Age
Type
Finish -
Distillery Leopold Bros Region Colorado, USA
Distilled
Bottled
Notes
  • Pot distilled from open fermented sour mash
  • Barrell no. 41


Pearse Lyons Reserve

ABV 40% Age
Type Malt Finish -
Distillery Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Region Kentucky, USA
Distilled
Bottled
Notes


Leopold Bros Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey

ABV 43% Age
Type Rye Finish -
Distillery Leopold Bros Region Colorado, USA
Distilled
Bottled
Notes


Town Branch Bourbon

ABV 40% Age
Type Bourbon Finish -
Distillery Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Region Kentucky, USA
Distilled
Bottled
Notes

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