VOTE FOR CANADA'S NEXT GREAT BEER FLAVOUR
By Claire McPherson
Over the last few years, there has been an incredible boom in the production and popularity of craft beer. Huge numbers of bars specialising in this niche market have cropped up and as a result, our industry’s creative juices have never flowed faster. Put complex and interesting brews in the hands innovative and skilled bartenders and you get some really inventive serves along with a whole new generation of beer drinkers.
Although many may find the notion of this marriage strange, the beer cocktail has in fact been around since the early 19th Century. Victorian Britain saw warm ale and brandy ‘flipped’ (mixed with a whole raw egg) while the other side of the Atlantic witnessed the rise of the ‘Boilermaker’ – more on that later.
In the mixed drinks we see today, beer is not always the front runner both in terms of volume and flavour. It is always a challenge to balance our brews with potent spirits and punchy citrus and so, to prevent you cocking up your cocktails, we are launching ‘Cocked Ales’ - a monthly guide to what’s shaking on the cocktail scene, along with some of our top recipes for you to recreate at home.
We love a ‘hauf an hauf’ so much that we dedicated an entire evening to this renowned Scottish drinking habit. Such was the popularity of our event with Auchentoshan we felt compelled to build a signature serve for our flagship brew, Innis & Gunn Original. The drink itself stems from this whisky-beer pairing but embraces our beer’s bourbon finish in all of it’s caramel glory.
The boilermaker is essentially the American ‘hauf an hauf’ – a beer & a bourbon. Originally, this was a drink consumed by steelworkers in the 19th century, a hard hitting post-work drink designed to help workers forget about the hardship of factory life. There several variations as to how The Boilermaker should be served. Some say it is made up of a whiskey ‘slammer’ and beer ‘chaser’, others say the whisky shot should be physically dropped in to the pint. However, the main agenda was that this drink should go down as quickly - and as boozily - as possible
Thankfully, we decided that dropping a shot in to your beer is a bit of a waste and our take on this combo is for sipping and savouring. We give you The Gunn-maker.
You will need:
35ml Bourbon Whiskey - Innis & Gunn recommends Buffalo Trace
2 dashes peach bitters
5ml sugar syrup
Stir ingredients over ice for around 20 seconds, depending on your preferred dilution.
Strain into glass, straight up or over ice, it’s up to you.
Zest a little orange over the top and you’re ready to serve up with an Innis & Gunn Original.
Alternately sip each drink. The vanilla and peach from the mini old fashioned complement the Original’s delicious toffee characteristic, while the bitters and boozy bourbon punch prevent this combo from becoming over-sweet.
If our cocktail experiments sound like your cup of tea, then you may find our upcoming event with Sipsmith of interest. A delicious 4 course menu, paired with different cocktails combining Sipsmith spirits with some of our summer brews. Click here for more information.
3 - KURT”S ALRIGHT BEER IDEA
Let your imagination run wild. Submit your dream beer idea below and our Founder and Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp and his brewing team will choose the best suggestions to be put to a national vote to select the winning flavour innovation.
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