Newport, OR – Rogue Ales & Spirits announces the release of 2016 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout, its first-ever beer aged in barrels made at Rogue’s cooperage. Brewed with ingredients grown at Rogue Farms and ocean aged in whiskey-soaked handmade barrels, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is the end of a long journey from ground to glass and barrel to bottle.
“Talk about a labor of love,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce. “Trying to figure out how to make our own barrels by hand, then making a beer aged in these barrels matured with our own whiskey is the kind of stuff we love to do. It’s not very efficient or economical as a brewery to also distill and cooper, but we couldn’t resist the challenge to see what we could do to bring together our beers, spirits and barrels.”
Black with ruby hues, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout delivers a complex array of aromas and flavors that explode upon drinking, making this culmination of grain, oak, time and effort a revolutionary experience brought forth by the only brewery-distillery cooperage in the country. Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout will be available in extremely limited quantities on draft at all Rogue Meeting Halls and select retailers as well as in 1-liter swing-top bottles wrapped in wood grain labels starting July 15. For more information about Rogue and the DIY Revolution, visit rogue.com.
The Barrel to Bottle journey has been a long one, but it has been worth the wait.
|Rogue Cooper, Nate Lindquist, chars barrels at Rolling Thunder Barrel Works.- Courtesy of Rogue Brewing
How Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout Is Crafted