Press Release
Photo Credit Lara Zahaba
Seattle, WA ... Stoup Brewing has been selected by Jameson Irish Whiskey to participate in the Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies program.  A collaboration that includes seven American craft brewers, Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies is the result of bringing like-minded individuals together with a common bond of creating superior quality beer and whiskey. 
Photo Credit Erinn Hale
Inspired by the creation and end result of Jameson Caskmates, a one-of-a-kind whiskey born out of conversation and collaboration with local Irish craft brewery, Franciscan Well, Jameson took a similar approach and worked with the U.S. breweries by giving us Jameson barrels to age our craft beer for a select period of time. The end result? Limited edition, regional beers featuring hints of Jameson Irish Whiskey incorporated with our already distinct craft beer flavors.

“At Stoup we were inspired to obtain our malt from Malting Company of Ireland, the same maltster that supplies the distillery,” notes head brewer, Brad Benson. “With this as our base, we crafted an Imperial Irish Red.” After extended time in Jameson barrels, the resulting beer, Dublin Down Imperial Irish Red, is a rich malty beer with notes of caramel and toasted bread. The time in Jameson barrels adds a depth of richness and added structure to the beer. The subtle grainy sweetness of Irish malt is balanced by a strong addition of bittering hops and warming alcohol of 10% ABV.

When asked about participating in the program, co-owner Lara Zahaba expressed pride. “We are honored to be recognized as having the shared passion for quality and craft that Jameson was seeking in these seven partner breweries.”

“Jameson Irish Whiskey has always taken pride in celebrating those who share the same passion and focus when it comes to their craft,” said Sona Bajaria, Vice President, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Pernod Ricard USA. “Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies allows us to put the spotlight on these local craft brewers who ultimately embody the same spirit as our motto, Sine Metu.”

Sine Metu, means without fear, and the Jameson Caskmates Drinking Buddies program celebrates the fearlessness of each brewer as we continue to pursue our passions. The same spirit and tradition of the family motto lives on through this creation and partnership. 

Dublin Down Imperial Irish Red will be released at a celebratory event on September 28th, 2016. For more information on how to attend this event, craft beer lovers should join the brewery newsletter at http://www.stoupbrewing.com/signup/
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