Innis & Gunn Smoke and Mirrors, a beer for American politics, encourages a straight-talking honesty by adding ingredients that act as a truth serum. The brewery sent both Hillary and Trump bottles of this new truth serum beer to “remind them of the importance of truthful campaigning as they battle it out to become the country’s next President.”
Scotland is no stranger to political uncertainty and relates to those times where honesty becomes a blurry concept. Therefore, Smoke and Mirrors is a beer brewed specifically for the American people during the election of 2016. Founder and Master Brewer, Dougal Gunn Sharp commented,
“Scotland is a straight-talking nation and we’re looking forward to bringing a little part of our Scottish candidness over to the States, along with our most innovative brew to date, Smoke & Mirrors. Our latest beer has been brewed especially for the American people and demonstrates how beer can be so much more than just a drink. Through Smoke & Mirrors, we have the power to open up a more real, more honest world.”
Innis & Gunn Smoke and Mirrors, uses the Innis & Gunn strong ale base we all know and love, plus the brewery’s “truth serum”. The serum adds licorice root, mullein (a natural herb), and vine essence (yet another herb).
This offering is a limited release, as in probably just Hillary and Trump.
Style: English Strong Ale (w/Licorice Root, Mullein, Vine Essence.)
Availability: 11.2oz bottles, Limited release
Innis & Gunn Vintage is the latest barrel-aged offering released by the Edinburgh, Scotland based brewery.
This release is a little different from the brewery’s other barrel-aged releases. Innis & Gunn Vintage is an English strong ale, aged in American bourbon barrels for 100 days. This release is bottle conditioned with live yeast prior to release.
“Vintage is a special beer,” he says. “It tastes incredible and has been a labor of love that we’ve been working on for several years. From sourcing the best first-fill bourbon casks we could get our hands on to deliberating over the right combination of malts, this brew is a thank you to our fans and a promise of what’s still to come. – Dougal Gunn Sharp”
Innis & Gunn Vintage is available in 25 ounce bottles.
Release: Late May, 2016
Innis & Gunn Highland Ale has reached U.S. shelves. The beer is the latest Limited Edition Series release by the Scottish craft brewery.
Innis & Gunn Highland Ale follows in the footsteps of the Innis & Gunn’s barrel aged siblings, being aged over 18 Year Old Highland Malt Whisky oak chips.
The beer has a fragrant aroma, rich taste with a smooth finish, making for a beautifully balanced ale.
Innis & Gunn Highland Ale is now available in 22oz bottles, individually boxed.
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Initial Release: April/May, 2015
Innis & Gunn Rare Oak Pale Ale is the latest release to hit the United States. The
This new bottle offering makes use of Scottish oak’s unique flavor that Innis & Gunn says hasn’t been used in brewing for hundreds of years. Additionally, the brewery uses elderflower during the maturation process, and air-dried sweet gale for added flavor depth.
According to Stephen Harrod Buhner, award-winning American author of more than 20 books on nature and herbal medicines, the ancient beer was fabled to have had mildly narcotic qualities that would ‘stimulate the mind, create euphoria and enhance sexual drive.’ (To note, Innis & Gunn does not purport that Rare Oak Pale Ale carries the same qualities today.)
Innis & Gunn Rare Oak Pale Ale is available for limited time in 12oz bottles, and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: April/May, 2015
Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland) has released Irish Whiskey Aged stateside ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. This seasonal is a stout, aged on Irish whiskey soaked oak chips.
“Ireland is known throughout the world for producing great stouts and Scotland is famed for its whisky,” saysInnis & Gunn founder and master brewer, Dougal Sharp. “In making Irish Whiskey Aged, we’ve taken the best of each and produced a Stout made uniquely from Scottish malts, which we then mature over Irish whiskey-infused oak. The chocolate malt and roasted barley both give a real depth of flavor to this brew and the Super Styrian hops add an earthy, balancing sweetness.”
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged is available in 11.2oz bottles and draft for a limited time.
Availability: 11.2oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal release.
Scottish craft brewery Innis & Gunn has a new bourbon ale on the horizon for the United States- Bourbon Cask Dark Ale.
Dougal Sharp, founder of the brewery, is a firm believer that beer doesn’t need a year in barrels to get the full flavor potential from aging. Bourbon Cask Dark Ale spends 30 days aging in bourbon before finishing and packaging.
This very special dark ale has been brewed in small batches and then matured in hand-selected, first-fill Bourbon casks to give it its rich, rounded character. Notes of brown sugar, orange oil and coffee beans are complemented by an earthy freshness from the hops, and the 30 days the beer’s spent in oak have ensured a satisfyingly smooth finish.
22oz bottles for Innis & Gunn Bourbon Cask Dark Ale.
Style: Strong Ale (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 22oz Bombers
Already available in the United Kingdom is Innis & Gunn Rare Oak Pale Ale. The offering is aged over rare Scottish oak, historically used for ship building. Rare Oak Pale Ale not only uses unique wood, but the addition of elderflower, and sweet gale (aka bog myrtle). A couple of years ago, the brewery released a draft only Oak Aged Pale, without the herb additions.
This refreshing Pale Ale has been matured over rare Scottish oak, which hasn’t been used in brewing since the days of the Anglo-Spanish wars and the Armada, when huge areas of Scottish forest were felled to build ships.
The beer is finished with the addition of sweet gale which grows wild in the Scottish Highlands and was used traditionally as an alternative to imported hops by brewing in Scotland.
Innis & Gunn Rare Oak Pale Ale will be available in 11.2 oz bottles.
Availability: 11.2 oz Bottles, Draft.