Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout will be canned for the first time in January.
Two years ago, Nitro Merlin Milk Stout debuted on draft. Since then, Firestone Walker’s brewmaster Matt Brynildson has been researching options to make it work in cans. Ultimately, the brewery accomplishes this without a nitrogen widget.
“We looked at widgets, but couldn’t find a way to use them without exceeding our specs for total dissolved oxygen in the beer, which ultimately affects freshness and shelf life, so we had to look elsewhere.” -Matt Brynildson
The brewery retrofitted the brewery’s canning line with a liquid nitrogen drip machine. A drop of liquid nitrogen is dropped into the can, which immediately turns into nitrogen gas. The can is filled and sealed, mixing the gas in both the liquid and trapped in the headspace. For best effect, use what Firestone Walker calls the “surge pour” by inverting the can three times and pouring hard.
Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout is the brewery’s first packaged nitro beer. Look for it hitting all of the brewery’s markets starting in mid-January.
Style: Milk Stout (w. Lactose. Nitrogen.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: January 2018
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