Since it’s Stampede Week here in Calgary I’ve pretty much given up on cocktails. It’s so much easier to just crack a cold beer toward week’s end. And the good folks at Innis & Gunn make it deliciously worthwhile to do so every time.
At first I thought I should feature a Canadian beer but then I remembered that the Calgary Stampede beer sponsor is American (Budweiser), so I’m going with a Scottish barrel-aged beer; one that just happens to be matured over Canadian black cherrywood (with box art decorated with the oil painting “Forest Spectrum” by B.C. artist Tatianna O’Donnell).
Say howdy to the new, limited edition Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish beer. Weighing in at 8.3 percent alcohol, this strong and full-bodied brew packs enough punch — plus a touch of sweet maple — to make it a good pick during Calgary’s annual cowboy party.
It’s light enough to drink on a hot day, but dark enough to have great flavour and complexity — it almost has a hint of bourbon underlying its hoppy beer and berry body, and that’s because the cherrywood is infused with Kentucky’s finest. I don’t know how they do it (they have “Oakerators” for the 49-day maturation period), but I like it. Cheers!