Two pioneers of craft brewing and distilling, Innis & Gunn and Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, have collaborated for the first time to create Kindred Spirits, a limited edition Scottish stout aged using triple distilled Irish whiskey barrels.
Using a unique barrel ageing process developed by the brewing team at Innis & Gunn, Kindred Spirits is matured using the finest triple distilled, triple blend Irish whiskey barrels from Tullamore D.E.W. to create a smooth and delicious Scottish Stout that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The result is a one of a kind craft stout – a perfect pairing of the character of Innis & Gunn’s rich flavour packed beer, and the sweet, spicy, smooth taste of Tullamore D.E.W., with notes of dark chocolate and coffee alongside hints of vanilla and oak in the 6.1% ABV brew.
To mark their special collaboration, Kindred Spirits celebrates the rich part that music plays in both Scottish and Irish culture, as much as whiskey and beer, by bringing together one of each country’s finest musical exports to collaborate on a cover of a traditional Scottish folk song. Irish band Ash and Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit met over a Kindred Spirits in Innis & Gunn’s hometown of Edinburgh to create the Kindred Sessions, now available to watch:
Dougal Gunn Sharp, Innis & Gunn’s founder and master brewer, commented:
“The Scots and Irish share a powerful Celtic connection in our culture and our character, a bond that draws us together with Tullamore D.E.W. A brew that is greater than the sum of its parts, Kindred Spirits is a celebration of the best of Scots and Irish craftsmanship, and in our partnership using our unique barrel into beer ageing process with Tullamore‘s legendary Irish whiskey barrels, it has sparked the creation of an exciting and unique flavour packed alternative to the usual stouts.“
John Quinn, Tullamore D.E.W. Global Brand Ambassador, commented:
“Our partnership with Innis & Gunn brings us closer to a brand that shares our passion for innovation and creating products of exceptional quality and character. Beer and whiskey have always been‘malt cousins‘ because malted barley is a key ingredient in both, and we celebrate this unique bond through D.E.W. and a Brew – the pairing of Tullamore D.E.W. with great craft beers like Kindred Spirits for an evening full of true character.“
Kindred Spirits is available now in the UK and Ireland, US, Canada, Sweden, France, Australia, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Singapore.
About Tullamore D.E.W.
Tullamore D.E.W. is the world’s second largest Irish whiskey brand with global sales of more than one million (9L) cases annually. Known the world over for its smooth flavour, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey is triple distilled and a blend of all three types of Irish whiskey – grain, malt & pot still. The sweet softness of grain whiskey, soft spice from the pot still and fruitiness of the malt create a uniqueness of flavour that marks out Tullamore D.E.W. from all other Irish whiskeys. Named Icons of Whiskey Brand Innovator of the Year in 2017, Tullamore D.E.W.’s award-winning range includes Tullamore D.E.W. Original, Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve, Tullamore D.E.W. 15 Year Old Trilogy, Tullamore D.E.W. 14 Year Old Single Malt, Tullamore D.E.W. 18 Year Old Single Malt, Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask Finish and Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix. Tullamore D.E.W. became part of the William Grant & Sons family in 2010.
About Innis & Gunn
Innis & Gunn is one of Scotland’s most successful international craft brewers, selling over 27 million bottles of beer in over 30 countries in 2017. A pioneer of barrel-ageing, Innis & Gunn barrel-age using two methods, both the traditional beer into barrel technique, and a unique and innovative barrel into beer process developed by Founder and Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp. Watch how Innis & Gunn put the barrel into the beer