Buzz Begins Rum-bling for Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 6
Imperial pumpkin stout aged for nine months in rum barrels to be released today
HOUSTON, February 17, 2014 –Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today releases Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 6, the latest release in the brewery's small batch series of barrel-aged beers. Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 6 is an imperial pumpkin stout that has spent the past nine months aging in oak barrels that previously were used by Appleton Estate to age its rums for 21 to 30 years.
Due to the small amount of beer produced from the barrels, Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 6 will only be available in pubs and restaurants throughout Texas and Louisiana.
At any given time, Saint Arnold's brewers have a half dozen or more different beers aging in its refrigerated barrel room on the brewery's third floor. In the case of Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 6, the barrel aging process infused the base beer, which followed the recipe for the highly coveted seasonal, Saint Arnold Pumpkinator, with the flavors of oak and rum, adding to the beer's complexity.
"We always choose the barrels carefully to enhance and compliment the characteristics of the underlying beers, and in this case the barrels and the beer were meant to be together," said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wager. "I can't emphasize enough that the warmer it gets the better this beer tastes. Its flavors become rounder and fuller when it's enjoyed over 55 degrees."
Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 6 pours a dark brown black and smells like a pumpkin pie with a hint of rum. The taste is an onslaught of flavors, beginning with sweet malt, chocolate and spices, followed by a warming rum finish. Specifications of Bishop's Barrel No. 6:
Original Gravity: 1.100
Final Gravity: 1.024
Alcohol: 10.4% ABV pre-barreling
13.0% ABV post-barreling
Bitterness: 30 IBU
Bishop's Barrel No. 6 is the third Saint Arnold beer to feature the brewery's imperial pumpkin stout recipe, which won the Silver Medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup in the Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer category. It was first introduced in late 2009 as Saint Arnold Divine Reserve No. 9, and limited supplies are released annually prior to the holidays each year as the seasonal Pumpkinator.
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About Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Saint Arnold Brewing's 16 brews are made and sold by the company's staff of 56 dedicated employees. Ranked 45th on the Brewers Association list of top craft breweries, Saint Arnold was listed by USA Today as one of the "10 great places to see what's brewing in beer," and Smart Meetings magazine named it among the "Top 5 breweries to host an event." Saint Arnold is located at 2000 Lyons Avenue and its brewery tour and tasting is offered every weekday at 3:00 P.M. and Saturdays starting at 11 A.M. For more information on Saint Arnold's seven year-round and five seasonal beers as well as root beer, log on to www.saintarnold.com.