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Guinness releases barrel-aged Mint Chocolate Stout

Guinness Mint Chocolate Stout

Baltimore, Maryland-based Guinness Open Gate Brewery has a new seasonal imperial stout ahead of the holidays – Guinness Mint Chocolate Stout

The imperial stout is brewed with dried mint leaves, then conditioned on pure cacao (chocolate), then aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

“Chocolate and mint are a classic flavor combination, and the way those flavors interact with the bourbon character leads to something really special. It’s the perfect beer to sip on after a solid meal with family and friends over the holidays,” says Open Gate head brewer Sean Brennan. 

Guinness Mint Chocolate Stout also compliments recently returning Gingerbread Stout, also brewed in the Baltimore brewery. 

Mint Chocolate Stout is available in 11.2-ounce bottles for a limited time. 

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Mint. Chocolate. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 11.2 oz/4pk Bottles. Limited Release. 
Debut: November 2021 

10.8% ABV

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Nick Offerman & Lagavulin unveil a Guinness cask finished whisky

Actor Nick Offerman, Lagavulin Whiskey, and Guinness are debuting a new partnership ahead of Father’s Day 2021. A combination of single malt whisky and beer – Meet Lagavulin Offerman Edition: Guinness Cask Finish.

Offerman and Lagavulin began a partnership back in 2014. Offerman, probably most famously known as Ron Swanson on the tv show Parks and Rec, was often seen drinking Lagavulin Whisky and rare steaks throughout the show. Swanson (Offerman) even visited the distillery in Scotland in Season 6.

Created with Offerman’s father Ric in mind, Lagavulin took an 11 year Islay Single Malt and aged it for 4 months in Guinness casks from the brewery’s Open Gate Brewery in Maryland. The resulting flavor is describing as  ‘sweet peat’ – combining the intense peat and charred wood notes of the Lagavulin with the roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and sweet caramel notes from the Guinness casks.

Offerman’s entire Lagavulin: My Tales of Whisky, including a new episode for this new collaboration is available on YouTube.

Lagavulin Offerman Edition: Guinness Cask Finish will be available in 750-milliliter bottles at select retailers starting in May, $79.99 each.


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A bourbon barrel-aged Guinness will release in the U.S. soon

Guinness Stout Aged in Bulleit Barrels

A barrel-aged Guinness is coming to the United States – a collaboration with Bulleit Bourbon, both owned by Diageo.

The brewery took Guinness Stout brewed in Dublin and aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels at the new Maryland facility.

Guinness Stout Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels is the official name of this upcoming release. Full details have not been shared by the brewery or their PR team.

This barrel-aged edition of Guinness will be available in 11.2-ounce bottles.

Style: Irish Dry Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Debut: TBA

?? ABV

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Guinness Irish Wheat launches in Brewer’s Project Series

Guinness Irish Wheat bottle

Guinness Irish Wheat is available nationally this month, part of the brewery’s ongoing Brewer’s Project Series.

A departure from the stout that is synonymous with the name Guinness, the lineup has been home to Rye Pale Ale, and Antwerpen Stout recently.

The recipe is mainly comprised wheat harvested from the southern part of Ireland, plus a touch of stout malt. Guinness Irish Wheat and their Stout share the same yeast. The Irish Wheat is fermented at a higher temperature, which gives off clove and banana esters.

Guinness brewer Jasmin Winterer originally hails from Germany, home of the hefeweizen. The style is very prevalent in her creation; full of citrus and banana.

 “I wanted to help create the best wheat beer outside of Germany,” The style is familiar, but if you look closer, you’ll see how we made it distinctly Guinness – this beer uses 100% wheat sourced in Ireland and the very same yeast that goes into our world famous stout.” Jasmin Winterer, Guinness Brewer

Guinness Irish Wheat can be found nationally starting in April, in 11.2 ounce, six pack bottles. ERP $9.99.

Style: Wheat Ale
Hops: Mount Hood, Amarillo
Malt: Irish Wheat, Stout Malt

Availability: 11.2oz Bottles
Debut: April, 2017

5.3% ABV, 21 IBUs

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Guinness Rye Pale Ale expands The Brewer’s Project

Guinness Rye Pale Ale bottle

Guinness Rye Pale Ale, part of the small batch Brewer’s Project, is now available in bottles.

This beer got started as a beer just for the brewery’s family and friends. The end result, like all good beers, is that it was destined to be more. Guinness Rye Pale Ale is brewed with Mosaic and Cascade hops, plus a healthy dose of rye malt.

The rustic, spicy character of rye grain is balanced with citrus and grapefruit from the mosaic and cascade hops, making it a fine addition to the Guinness family.

In contrast to recently released Guinness Nitro IPA, Rye Pale Ale leans has a taste more reminiscent of an American pale ale. The beer has a pleasant clash of spicy rye, and grapefruit, finishing with a nice touch of sweetness. Quite an easy drinking beer.

Guinness Rye Pale Ale is available in 11. 5 ounce bottles.

Style: Rye Beer
Hops: Mosaic, Cascade
Availability: 11.5oz Bottles

Debut: Late October/November, 2016

5% ABV

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Guinness Nitro IPA Launches Stateside 12 Ounce Cans

Guinness Nitro IPA is indeed a real thing, and is launching stateside over the next few weeks. The Ireland based brewery best known for their nitrogen infused Irish dry stout simply called Guinness Draught.

SGuinness Nitro IPA, uses five hop varieties, namely Admiral, Celeia, Topaz, Challenger and Cascade to create this hop-forward offering.

Guinness Nitro IPA is a part of The Brewer’s Project, an experimental side project for the brewers to have some fun. This recipe is the brainchild of Luis Ortega.

Recently, Guinness Blonde, brewed in the United States, was introduced to the U.S. market.

Guinness Nitro IPA is available in 6-packs of 11.2 ounce cans, that include the brewery’s “widget” nitrogen technology.

Style: IPA
Admiral, Celeia, Topaz, Challenger, Cacade
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Release: September, 2015

5.8% ABV

Ed Note: We updated the can size to 12 ounce cans. The 11.2oz mention on the can refers to the amount of liquid in the can due to the nitrogen widget.