Brew and Booze News

Malty Monday Monitor for September 29, 2014

Below are a few of the more interesting press releases that landed in our inbox this week…


Victory Brewing Company to Install Canning Line in New Parkesburg Brewery

DOWNINGTOWN, PA, September 23, 2014 – In response to consumer demand and much online speculation, Victory Brewing Company® (Victory) is pre-announcing installation plans of a canning line in their new, Parkesburg facility slated for 2015. Summer Love Ale is the first beloved Victory brand tentatively scheduled to make its aluminum debut. Victory believes offering strategic brands in a can format will meet the growing fan demand and introduce their beer to a larger audience.

“The Parkesburg facility was built with the idea that it would enable us as creative brewers to expand our brand in a way our thirsty fans would appreciate. It only seems to make sense that the first Victory brand to be found in a can should be Summer Love Ale since it embodies all the fun and freedom summertime has to offer and a can is fitting for so many outdoor activities that come with that time of year,” says President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski.

Please stay tuned for more information and details about Victory Brewing Company’s plans to produce flavorful craft beer in a can. For interviews with Ron Barchet or Bill Covaleski, please defer to the media contacts stated above to help arrange.


Kilchoman Wyoming

Wyoming Releases a Kilchoman Exclusive Single Cask Bottling

Atlantic City, Wyo. – For the first time in its seventy-odd year history the Wyoming Liquor Division has purchased the contents of a cask of single malt Scotch whisky.
ImpEx Beverages, USA importer of Kilchoman, had their Wyoming representative deliver samples of whiskies to Miner’s Delight Inn Bed & Breakfast in February 2014. Innkeepers Barbara and Bob Townsend tasted the samples and from them picked Kilchoman bourbon cask #370 as the one for Wyoming. Then it was over to the folks at the Wyoming Liquor Division, ImpEx Beverages, and the Kilchoman Distillery to seal the deal.

Bourbon cask #370 had been filled at Kilchoman Distillery on 31 July 2008. The distillery bottled its contents—245 bottles at 59.8%–for Wyoming on 4 July 2014. Like all Kilchoman whiskies the color is natural and it wasn’t chill filtered. The whisky arrived at the liquor division’s Cheyenne warehouse on September 16, 2014, and Miner’s Delight Inn received its first shipment two days later. It’s available for $95 a bottle.

Bob and friend of the inn John Mionczynski compiled the following notes (John’s a wildlife biologist):

  • On the eyes: pale gold, the gold of fall’s willows
  • On the nose: Rich. Brown sugar. Orange pulp and faint spices (cinnamon?), then pears. Fungoid richness—like when you turn over a natural forest compost. Goji berry (wolf berry) from the Himalayas. Balsam fir—almost X-mas tree when boiled. Mouth watering and surprisingly little alcohol sting. Graphite. Activates the vomeronasal organ (predates humans’ nasal smells, insects had it first, animals use it to select mates, associated with early childhood memories).
  • On the mouth: An orchard of red apples, a wee alcohol burn, and wood smoke. A lick of a pencil’s lead. Rich oiliness and a bit of tar. Pears and oranges. Cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. A bit of soft, black licorice. Cascara shrub in a bottle (from the Pacific Northwest and Yellowstone National Park).
  • On the finish: Orange pulp. A lingering whiff of smoke. Soft hints of orchard fruits, especially an apple’s faint sweetness. The spices. Stays with you. Prolonged.

Consider this whisky… When you’re patiently lost in deep, contemplative thought on a dark, frigid night.


Sullivans Cove Double Cask

Buy Trent’s First Batch of Sullivans Cove Double Cask

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have a treat for you! Our main man, blender, and bottler extraordinaire Trent Bowring, is very proud to present his first batch of Sullivans Cove Double Cask, and so are we! After some careful selection involving a lot of sipping and sampling he settled upon a mix of one FRENCH OAK and three AMERICAN OAK barrels.

French Oak Cask HH0597 was chosen for its rich, oily mouth feel and gives structure to the body. It also brings a deep fruity nose. American Oak Cask HH0169 adds balance in the finish. American Oak Cask HH0147 fills out the body with some beautiful fruity notes and finally American Oak Cask HH0074 supports the body with spicy notes and underpins the finish with caramel and raisin notes.

Double Cask 71 Tasting Notes

Colour: Light golden straw
Nose: Fragrant and floral with vanilla sponge cake drizzled in honey. Oak rounds out while spice lingers.
Palate: A medley of basket fruit with fresh cut pears and green apples bursting through. Rum, raisins and oak spice soften out the palate.
Mouth feel: Lightly oiled, well coated.
Finish: Dark dried fruits, raisins and caramel intermingle, warming and sweetening over time. Medium finish, inviting another sip soon after!

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