Saint Arnold Endeavour Transformed into "Gindeavour" for Bishop's Barrel No. 11
Imperial IPA Aged in Gin Barrels Released in Bars and Restaurants Today
HOUSTON, September 21, 2015 – Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas, releases Bishop's Barrel No. 11 today –Saint Arnold Endeavour Imperial IPA aged for five months in gin barrels and blended with a small amount of fresh Endeavour to bring the base beer's piney, resiny hops forward. Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 11 is only available in pubs and restaurants throughout Texas and Louisiana in 12 ounce bottles and on draft.
This is Saint Arnold's first publicly released barrel-aged IPA and the first time Saint Arnold has released a beer aged in gin barrels. Saint Arnold sourced gin barrels from craft distillery Smooth Ambler Spirits, which barrel ages its award-winning Smooth Ambler Greenbrier Gin in used bourbon barrels. Aging Endeavour in these barrels adds spicy juniper flavors that play exceptionally well with Endeavour's hops.
"Hoppy beers like Endeavour are typically best enjoyed fresh, so it was a bit of a tightrope to figure out the optimum time needed to infuse the base beer with the interesting mix of aromas and flavors from the gin barrels without muting its hop character," said Saint Arnold Brewer Aaron Inkrott. "We finally decided to mix in about 20 percent fresh Endeavour to liven up the hops, which worked great."
Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 11, known internally at Saint Arnold as "Gindeavour," pours a beautiful copper color with an off white head. The nose is a spicy mix of hops, wood, juniper and a hint of bourbon. The familiar Imperial IPA bitter is balanced with a nice malt backbone from pale two row and caramel malts. The Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial hops provide piney, resiny notes that balance with the juniper/gin character from the barrel aging.
Unlike past releases in the series that could continue to develop with further aging, Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel No. 11 is best enjoyed now.
Saint Arnold's 2,000 square foot barrel room accommodates more than 200 barrels from California, Kentucky, West Virginia and France. Aging times can range from a few months to well over a year. The batches are identified by the number on the neck label. While these beers can be aged, they have done a fair amount of aging in the barrels and are designed to be enjoyed soon after bottling. Future Bishop's Barrel beers are currently aging, including Old Ale with cherries aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels with brettanomyces, Belgian Quadruppel aged in bourbon barrels and Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels.
• Date Brewed: February 23, 2015
• Date Racked: April 8, 2015
• Date Bottled: September 11, 2015
• Type of Barrel: Smooth Ambler Gin Barrels
• Alcohol: 9.4 percent ABV prior to barreling and 10.4 percent ABV after barreling
• Bitterness: 63 IBU
Images available for download:
- Bottle with glass: http://www.saintarnold.com/images/bb11_bottle_glass.jpg
- Bottle 1: http://saintarnold.com/images/bb11_bottle_1.jpg
- Bottle 2: http://saintarnold.com/images/bb11_bottle_2.jpg
- Label: http://www.saintarnold.com/images/bishops_barrel_logo.jpg
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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 74 dedicated employees. Ranked 46th 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 eight year-round and five seasonal beers as well as root beer, log on to www.saintarnold.com.